The Ebonyi government under the leadership of Governor David Umahi Wednesday disclosed the intention to partner with Indian government to establish an electric automobile assembly plant in the state.
This intention was made known when Umahi paid a visit to the Indian High Commission in Abuja where he was received by the High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Abhay Thakur.
Umahi, according to a statement released by his Special Assistant on Media, Francis Nwaze, was there to seek for partnership on importation and establishment of an assembling plant of electric mode automobiles.
Speaking during the visit, Umahi noted that electric mode automobile is not only a technology of tomorrow but that which cuts costs.
He further revealed that his key interest in the partnership includes importation of the sampled electric powered tricycles, buses, motorcycles and cars while establishment of assembly plant for same purpose will follow.
The governor enumerated other areas which he equally wants partnership, including agriculture, especially poultry, piggery and food processing equipment.
He also solicited for partnership in the area of hospital management of the brand new state university teaching hospital, which is presently under construction.
Umahi, who described the hospital as a centre of excellence, noted that his interest in establishing the hospital was not to make money but for the betterment of the state and the country in general.
He also called on the international community and well meaning Nigerians to partner with the state in establishing industries, factories and other businesses while assuring them of the readiness of the state government in providing conducive environment and incentives to make their establishments thrive.
The statement quoted the High Commissioner, Mr. Abhay Thakur as expressing excitement with the governor’s visit and presentation and assured him of readiness of the government of India to work with the state.