Abia State Economy

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Abia State Economy

Main Economic Activities

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Abia State is blessed with enormous mineral resources. The proper exploitation of these minerals has obvious economic and development implications. The types, location and potential uses of these minerals are shown below;

S/N Minerals Sources of Raw Materials Utilization (or Potential uses )
1 Crude Oil Oilfields at Imo River , Obuzo, OwazaNgboko, Nkali, Odogkwa, Obeakpu and Isimiri Export, refined products Petro-chemicals
2 Natural Gas Ohuru Gas Fields in Ukwa East LGA.
3 Tar Sands/ Oilshales Ugwueme-Lokpanta axis in Nneochi LGA Asphalt, tar, Refined products
4 Lead, Zinc, Copper Lokpaukwu (Nneochi LGA) Metal extraction of lead, zinc copper
5 Phospate (traces) Amaeke in Umuahia and Ewe in Arochukwu LGA Fertiliser Detergent and other chemical industries
6 Gypsum Lokpaukwu (Nneochi) Cement manufacturers, pharmaceuticals chalk plaster of Paris
7 Limestone Ewe- Arochukwu LGA southwestern part of Isuikwuato LGA Cement, Glass, Water treatment, sugar Refining Iron and Steel , Construction Agriculture fertiliser, etc
8 Iron Ore Around the Northern part of Isuikwuato LGA Iron and Steel
9 Kaolin Umuahia, Ikwuano LGA and northwestern sector of Isuikwuato LGA Paints, detergent, steel glass ceramics etc
10 Industrial sands Ukwa, Aba , Umuahia Glass, Foundry, Ceramics, abrasives
11 Igneous rocks Uturu LokpantaLekwesi Aggregate for road and building construction
12 Laterite All LGAs for surfacing roads

Activities:
Agriculture is the major occupation of the people of Abia State. This is induced by the rich soil, which stretches from the northern to the southern parts of the state. Subsistence farming is prevalent and about 70 per cent of the population is engaged in it.

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A few farmers also produce on a large scale. Farming in the state is determined by the seasonal distribution of rainfall. Some farmers now use irrigation methods. The main food crops grown are yam, cassava, rice, cocoyam and maize while the cash crops include oil palm, rubber, cocoa, banana and various types of fruits (See Table 1.3)

Modern poultry has been introduced and is practised by a good number of people, hence there is an adequate supply of eggs and other poultry products in the state. The Golden Chicken project at Ogwe in Ukwa Local Government Area is a modern mechanised poultry farm.

There are three agricultural zones in Abia State: Aba, Umuahia and Bende. In the Aba and Umuahia agricultural zones, such cash crops as palm produce, cocoa and rubber are produced, while food crops such as yam, cassava, rice, plantain, banana, maize and cocoyam are produced in large quantities.

The Bende agricultural zone is a major producer of rice and yam. Fishing is also carried out by people who live along the Imo River. Large areas of forest can be found in all the Local Government Areas. They provide raw materials for the pulp and paper industry.

It is the policy of the Abia State Government to encourage the development of industrial activities in the state. Large-scale industrial establishments located in Abia include; Nigerian Breweries, Aba; Golden Guinea Breweries, Umuahia; Aba Textile Mills, International Glass Industry (IGI), Aba and Modern Ceramics, Umuahia etc.

Several medium scale industries abound in parts of the state, which produce such items as plastic wares, textiles, food processing and machine tool fabrication. Aba is not only the major commercial centre of the State but also one of the commercial nerve centres of the eastern states.

According to the Blueprint for Abia State development, the state has the potential to attract investment in the following manufacturing

(i) Agro-allied industries:
– Cassava starch and flour
– Fruit and vegetable canning.

(ii) Textiles:
– Cotton Socks
– Fishing nets
– Mosquito nets

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(iii) Industrial Minerals/Quarrying:
– Glass industry
– Tableware
– Aggregate plant (Stone crushing plant).

(iv) Plastic Industry:
– Plastics manufacture
– Bottles, flask, cans, tubes, bags tiles.

(v) Chemical Industry:
– Polyethene
– Explosives
– Self-Adhesive Tape
– Pulp and paper.

(vi) Oil and Gas Industry

To quicken the pace of industrial development, the state government has been ready to embark upon direct industrial establishments and also enter into joint ventures with entrepreneurs in the private sector.

Efforts to industrialise the state are equally being augmented by the private sector. Thus, three main categories of industries – public, partnership and private are found in the state.

 

COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

Abia is an investor’s delight due to its huge potentials in the area of Commerce and Industry. It has so many industrial concerns and is interested in partnerships with reputable companies to revamp moribund companies while interested companies are also invited to set up new ones.

Aba, the famed commercial capital East of the Niger possesses the expertise and savvy to reproduce any technological product manufactured anywhere in the world. Skilled and unskilled manpower abound in Abia State while Raw Materials for a vast array of products are readily available.

At the moment, the Abia State Government is seeking partnerships in developing the following projects.

1. ABIA HOTELS LTD, UMUAHIA: Under the Government policy on Privatisation&Commercialisation, the Abia state government is desirous of handing over Abia Hotels Ltd, Umuahia Branch to reputable investors to develop it to a world-class hotel befitting a State Capital. The hotel in its current state is located in the middle of Umuahia metropolis and occupies a vast largely underutilised acreage of land. The structures in the current location could be demolished to make way for a more befitting edifice.

2. UMUAHIA MODERN MARKET, UBANI – IBEKU: The Abia State Government at the inception of the administration of Chief T.A. Orji, entered into an agreement with a consortium to Build, Operate and Transfer an international modern market for Umuahia at Ubani – Ibeku. However, the developer ran into financial constraints occasioned by the Global Economic Meltdown in the course of the project and abandoned the project. The agreement between the Abia State Government and the developer has since been cancelled. The Abia State Government is, therefore, inviting reputable investors to come and take over the building of the market. It is instructive to point out that the currently existing market will be demolished to guarantee exclusivity for the new market.

3. TIMBER AND ALLIED � MARKET, UMUAHIA: This market is being relocated from Umuahia Urban Centre to Ajata-lsiekeIbeku on the Umuahia Bende Road. The land acquisition procedure has been concluded awaiting project developers to take over the project.

4. ABA INTERNATIONAL INDUSTRIAL MARKET: This is conceptualized as a specialized market located in Osisioma area on Aba/Owerri Expressway. The area of land available for the market is about 100 hectares. The project will greatly divert attention from the Aba metropolis thereby aiding the decongestion of the city.

5. UMUKALIKA INDUSTRIAL CLUSTER: The industrial establishment in Umukalika, Obingwa Local Government Area is designed to provide relocation facilities for leather/garments workers presently operating in residential buildings within Aba Township and environs. The relocation of operators in this industry will decongest available residential accommodation in Aba as well as enhance the opportunities for employment in the industry.

6. OVOM INDUSTRIAL WORKSHOP ESTATE: This project is designed to relocate Auto-Technicians and Allied Workers operating in Aba metropolis, Ogbor Hill and environs. The Ovom Industrial Workshop location covers an area of 8.1 hectares of land and will accommodate various artisans such as Auto technicians, Welders, Spare Part Dealers and related services. On completion of this project, the resultant mass movement of these industrial workshop operators will decongest the urban Centre of Aba as well as enhancing the aesthetics of Aba and environs.

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7. METALLURGICAL COMPLEX, ABA: This is another long-moribund company for which we require private investors to turn the fortunes of the complex around.

8. ABIA HEALTH FOOD: Ubakala in Umuahia was established as a pilot project for Soya Milk production. The company was unable to sustain its activities and closed down in 1994. Interested investors are invited to reactivate and modernize the company.

EXISTING PARTNERSHIPS

1. THE GOLDEN GUINEA BREWERIES (THE PEOPLE�S CHOICE), UMUAHIA: Is on the verge of resuming full production after about seven years of inactivity. Work is currently ongoing at the factory as engineers are installing the new equipment bought for the brewery. As soon as the internal works are completed, the plant will come back to life and full production will commence. In addition to the existing range of lager beer and Malt to be produced by the brewery, they are also installing equipment for the production of bottled water.

2. THE INTERNATIONAL GLASS INDUSTRY, ABA: Which was leased to Churchgate Group, recently commissioned a new production line, the first major activity in the industry for the past ten years. With the commissioning of the new production line, the company is currently the largest manufacturer of pharmaceutical bottles in Nigeria. With the new life breathed into it by our administration, it is set to expand its operational base and diversify into general glass productions. It will soon commence the production of glass sheets used in manufacturing vehicle windshields, windowpanes and sundry glass products.

3. MODULAR REFINERY, OWAZZA: We have entered into strategic partnership with the Hermes Juno Consortium to develop several projects in Abia State. The first is a Modular Refinery Project at Owazza in Ukwa-East Local Government Area of the state. The Refinery also has as bye-product, a Fertilizer Plant within the same complex. The company is also to construct a Housing Estate for inhabitants of the area.

4. CEMENT FACTORY, AROCHUKWU: The Hermes Juno Consortium also won the bid for the setting up of a Cement Factory at Arochukwu. Abia State has a rich Limestone reserve in Arochukwu. The Hermes Juno Group has moved to site with actual physical development expected to commence shortly. More investors are also needed in the cement industry as abundant limestone reserve are being discovered across the State

5. THE MODERN CERAMICSINDUSTRIES: Is alive and fully functional. The company, after 14 years of inactivity, was handed over to UCL Consortium, promoted by the Catholic Diocese of Umuahia and with our support; they have done a wonderful job to revitalize the place. We gave the management of the company massive support in the areas of infrastructural development i.e. factory complex and sundry assistance and today, modern equipment imported from Italy for use at the factory have been installed and full production has commenced.

Source:http://www.abiastate.gov.ng

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