Following Monday’s claim by the opposition parties governorship candidates that Abia State Government has not done enough to revitalize Golden Guinea Breweries PLC Umuahia, the Commissioner for Information Abia state, John Okiyi Kalu has challenged the duo of Dr. Uche Ogah and Dr. Alex Otti to go and check the level of work done in the now privatised company.
Featuring on Flow FM Umuahia on Monday, the Commissioner said even though the company has been sold to private individuals to manage, Abia state government’s involvement is borne out of the need to see the company come back to life to generate employment for Abians.
“I cannot have a sleepless night over another person’s company. This people are propagating falsehood because they lack public service experience. Golden Guinea Breweries PLC belongs to a private company. That company bought Golden Guinea from Orji Uzor Kalu’s administration. Modern Ceramics belongs to the Catholic Church where they went to debate. They are the ones that have the responsibility to fix those places. They are the owners.
“What we have done is to help them get resources to revitalize that particular organization. And I’m sure that Governor Ikpeazu’s opponents have not gone there. It is 100% private sector company sold by Orji Uzor Kalu, just like Enyimba Hotel Aba is owned by Aba Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture. It was sold to them by Orji Uzor Kalu for twenty six million Naira.
“As a responsible government, what we are doing is to help the owners of these privatised Abia companies and bring them back to life for our people” he said.
He berated Otti for alluding that Golden Guinea Breweries was established by Dr. Sam Mbakwe, the former Governor of old Imo state, accusing the opposition governorship candidates of lacking a good knowledge of Abia history. He said the Abia state government cannot be held responsible for the non development of privately owned organizations in the state.
John Okiyi Kalu expressed the commitment of Abia State Government to ensuring that these companies work again, saying it is the reason governor Ikpeazu took the owners of Golden Guinea Breweries to vice president Yemi Osinbajo and the Bank of Industry to facilitate resources. “Today, Golden Guinea is set to commence production by the first week of April . More than 80% of the factory lines have been commissioned” he said.