Imo State Governor Hope Uzodimma has signed two bills to improve development of the state into law.

The first bill is to establish the Imo State Micro, Small and Medium Industries Development Agency and other related matters, and the second is to establish a Bureau to coordinate, supervise and monitor projects undertaken by donors or development partners and other related matters.

A statement by Uzodimma’s Chief Press Secretary, Oguwike Nwachukwu, said the bills mark another milestone in the administration’s efforts to ensure the state’s development.

He listed objectives of the bills to include empowerment of local artisans, specification of standards for them and ensuring that products are hygienic and fit for human consumption.

According to the governor, the bills are necessary to establish a body to supervise local manufacturing, entrepreneurship skills, private sector-driven activity and government intervention.

He also stressed the need for a bureau that would coordinate all interventions to ensure the proper management and implementation of the policies, and ensure that the state derives the most value for them.

Speaker of the House of Assembly Chiji Collins, while presenting the bills to the governor, said the bills had undergone all stages of legislative work.

He said: “The first bill will establish an agency that would be a focal point for rural industrialisation, poverty alleviation and eradication, technology acquisition and adaptation, as well as job creation and sustainable livelihood.”


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