By Abuchi Onwumelu
The Anambra State House of Assembly, has passed a bill for a law to establish the Anambra State Hydraform and Concrete Agency.
The bill, sponsored by the executive arm of Government and presented to the House by the Majority Leader, Dr. Nnamdi Okafor was passed during last plenary in Awka.
The Anambra State Hydraform and Concrete Agency was for the production, distribution and sale of hydraform bricks, concrete, interlocking stones to be used in all government building projects.
According to the bill, the agency shall also develop a strategy for diversifying into other block making businesses in the near future; and develop the strategy for commercializing the products as may be directed by the governor.
After the bill passed clause by clause considerations at the committee on the whole, the Speaker of the House, Right Honourable Uche Okafor, read out the bill for passage, while the lawmakers supported it through a voice vote.
In his reaction, the member representing Onitsha South Constituency 1, Mr Uzoma Eli, noted that with the establishment of the agency, the state government had opened another channel of employment for the teeming unemployed youths with a view to satisfying their needs and making the state financially self-sustaining.
For his part, the member representing Dunukofia Constituency and the Chief Whip, Chief Lawrence Ezeudu, described the bill as a welcome development which would improve the revenue profile of the state and make production of quality bricks, interlocking stones, and brick tiles for all government building projects affordable and cheaper for the state government.