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::flh;e:~ld:':='ol~:r rtlt; f'OiKismlhl'llCI'mdl ·acldedChlt'f SundllV Okela, "6 . ... ho $aid Il4.' 5ta.r1!'d nce nulhng busln""'-~ al thr II~ lit As • duld. C».m rl'C.tlk!d t'I' JainI'd thl' ,"Jusln' at a dust cunI'I'" and lalft uaJrwd for l"lOl" \~f and !lot. mof\m.. oU a ~ Opl'tillOr " M\ lathl'r ..... ' altlfl' thf'n and hI' Io-.a' l'nl' of thl' f~ of Ihl' rIC" mill: tK'Voi.1. adding thai Ihe !'nllTl' I.mlh rnl'mm, weti' \rAlnI'd propl'rlv In f"rml"K Earlv III \0,\ "' ......,1.1 a 1-u~ 01 11(1' at f!'f1I\11Jr.. her!' MId by thl'n Ihl'''! wa" nothlnK Ilk!' 10rf'IS" rlCI' 1\11 J'«'pll' WC'n' larm~ w .. M\ er ~.- aJI) othft rumJ .... ort. I',",~t farmmg And '" hI'n \ ou ,'"t>fTIP 1vrI'. \'OU _ I'OCIUl.!h ncl'. food tuf(s ~uch ,'~ t:Il5SoIU, ,'am anJ (ju,IS ",h ..... c naml' [b"'"I'I SI.'!" Ihl' ~O<.k.l ~ct of thI' !\;dtwn HI' rf'Olf'mbl'r.·.1 tn.1 .... ,,\ bilclo. In thI' I~ r-ople from .t.~ far 1.5 La):(oS, Botru.'"I_ Port II.lI"C'Ourt u~u"Ih· ('"ml' 10 1-ul ,\toilkallt.J IlCI' 'n~da\''', I,tral!erload of Inl' (,I.lmmodtl). 50 to Ml Meud~ Betu QII turne. astdl's othe- ~maIl .'I'Iuc1t's such iI5 pitt.up \'aMINI\'1' tllol" mtll I"1'rV da, Okl'la ~"Id •• ddlng Ih,1 th'l' Importallon 01 IOf"I'IPl n('1' Into NI~ -Ill lullulg bUSt~ ~··8!'lorl' now, tome st.t!' gO\·t'ml1'lC'nl, boughl rK"I' ..... orth milltoni of nau" hom thl' Ab.kahlu IlCI' mill nus III 10 tell \0\1 thI' qUMlIII~ .nd qu..ltly of n\1' .... e prodUC'l' hI'rI'

Ebctn,·,

··ltu(JIl~thatbdorl'~ I'"\I'fl II vou W4flt!'d to buv N50

billion worth of rtC'!' Irom hl're. you 11('I'd!'d 10 do w.u IlL'" hi' patlfllt II.nd Within ~ huu,",. YOU would ha\ c thr quantny yt>u paid for But today bcocaUst' Of thl' tl'lonlton contra' ""Y vou GIn hardly get that qU.lnhtv 01 0('1' her!' and I ml.l:.'lt ~t ''(Ill al50 thr of ",I' Ifl thl.C rl-I'" hAs gt)IlI'" §() high Ih"t Ihl' less pnnll'gt>d J'I'OJ'~ of thI' "~II' an 00 longer i1ifofd th.o Abauhlu Tn tNtt Ir.'~ il.ll

rr-

1flf'\lCf) I~"d·

over have gone badly wrong for the mill. OGBO NNAYA who recently visited the mill writes. Emm.&nuel and r_hs 19v.'1," '!lw com~y hat ~ dOU1g lIS bUSlIlb5 wUhout any hudl unul t«ft\tly .. twn thP §Utr gOVftTUT'lell MInOUnccd it!; mlMSKJn to rt'loallf' thco mill

ar..

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f-IOW~r'T ,

on NO't'mbc.

tht' lind U~~ 'or tht' cuostru(1ion ('f thC' flCl" mill W~ leilted by the "b"'~.lik, loe.1 counCil to ncr mill U'OC,oIUOro Abak.hl... tor 99 yrd'" upon

of valum~ CtJn!IId~bOn '-All tn ... wmt'. In Stooph'mbt'r

P-)'mI'nI 1~89,

the'

Rt~ ~hll A'~llhon

Ab"~llilo.i "'iI!! rt'!i"It'r~

.., •

(ompanv with IhC' IncorporilU(\n ~. FO.,y MIll COn1JMrlv Nlg Lid

u'!J,strilllOn numbt'. Rl lJo..tRKl Sut on ,.nulln- I ZUlI'J ~~Iolll\.n' ngllt of OC'Olr"""v .. Lth '""p«I'(I th .. f'l1hrf' UNI of Ilf'd

and

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",ell thl' tn"n " Stgn.lone:! to the In

nl I

Includt'd thl." Ic~ph L'nunu.

I Irall"~.r'\- ;'\wt'<if'

0;. "':::f'lilH

l'~ul"

tnebUrlng 10"""~ sqUMt' mt'f,,...; <xcuru"d- h thlP ~omr.n\ "".IS IMllrdbv1weo,.~'Jllof~" ~Uk

l:. '" > m. Jlth

rrew:ntl) poI)'J NS5,lXlJ as ~m~ ,('> the Abauhlu local gu"e,""meonl C'uunu! and .nother N"i5,OilO ., ,"ymffi! for bldm~ prf'mlwt 10 II~

:ola!!' govf"rnm"nt Inonthl)':' Lnunu SOlid

The (·...mpan} lli .u tho- \'nge (Of ,"\Jllilpse "'llh 1lM: rdOQhon plan5 of Iht' S'AIl' aOvl'rnml'ru "'oml' rrom,"",' bUStneJ5 own~ of 1M I1CI' mill MVl' .11 "nUl down I~r and lillo.nl IIW')' IMr mlllUlg machme Accon.hnS to t"IN' 01 thrm. whc> I'k-adrd anonymity. ·wt' doni ..... nt If' bf. lakm UNlwafft ~~ Ihfo SUIte ~o\'f'rnml'nt has mid" thl'

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prunouncem""' I ~n.,w tht'v Uf' g )lng 10 fnllo\\' II wllh KUon." they a,d In ttw ~ ur lill' "one CTU.~ 1 h"u~h lill' mllut'! ,,, MIllre Ihl' '''Uri I IuIOW that ill the Cflrl of the d"" Ihe stall' ~O"l'rnmt'nl will ,,\-.~\. h;-.yl' thetr WillY WI ha\"l'

,..... ':"""""'thing In .. Ilh,hl'lU}

~e

INo pl«f' tNt

u~ to wrlll~ • lot of bl1!m~

Ik"tlVIIiH NS N-~(>~ a Muldo,", of iI~ ,.Id "t'lf Thl' mlllt'1'" IHl' l'\en .f'<lid to bnng hugl' OC'l' lor nulling b.>cau'k' VQU ill'fl t know when thl' mOVl'ml'nt Will (om ml'n cl'

~~~~~k~l'~l'a~t~lr~.n

100t at thl' Ununu ~rl'ttt'd that ~In.."f! tht' c<>mpanv car.'!l' InlO !'~Iltl'nc:!'.

~h;"i~~~~::~~lf~\u!'t~:::"1 h~~ rl'ndul'd

iIIn\

a~~lOu

ml'anmglul

h~d~mg

thiIIt Sl~ thl' rompaoy ~ I'lUJt~ thl'r!' ha .. n I bl't-n any rnl'aJ\lngful to Ull Ihl' r~d, ",Ithln Ihl' TI(I' mill prl'ml!ll'l w"rl' rotl!itfuc:tl'd through th!' L'I!IUlaJIC'I' 01 'hI' former preid,,"1 otust'gun Obasa~. th!',. I.mmll'd go\"t'mmenl can t boast of pUlllnlt 01'1' pU' hl'r!' I'X(t'pt that (l'rml'T Pr~\!al'nl Olusl'~un (1b.u.tn.fC' ......... n~ltI'd herlI' ard 11'11 '~IStnOC"l'

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Our In ... ell~IK"In I"t!\ 0115 thai the mt"'5t atf~tf'J arl' lite agt>d wom~. Int )'uulh..· As I'arty 1.5 <;illm ••gl'd ...... ml'n .nd ,·ou the troop 10 tht (nnlp.an~ for mf'111.1 )Ob:5 and I 11'1i YOU none of tlll'm gOl'S hom!' "'Ith Ieoss th.n NIOOO I'"\I'f"V daY AttOrdm& 10 unf' of thl' al/:I'd w('ml''', thl' ~Iall' gO\'l'rnml'I"It ""J th ... , "'1' rl'movln~ Ihl' n.:1' mill. il thi'\· Jo w ... hilt do IhI' 1"r«1 "" :.. do. how dnthl',-I"~ us Itl ft'f"d our chlldr"," anj p.I' their ~hool ftl"'l1 Thl' ~u"crnmCTlt Ie 1"'~n"lh\l' to Ihl' pltJ;hl 01 !hf' maece, nl' Ihtl- "''"Pl'ct uc to mo\·1' 1<> Ibuk ~.: Ikw() or 0"0 EJdah fnr our menial Jl~1·· Th l' Stlte 11;0\'l'rnm"nl trruu):~ Ihl' St.llo! Comm~IOfl"T fat Inform.lIlln "nd Slatl' Ott!'nl,,"on. ("omrad!' Chll .. On",,, 4Il'Jlrh" aOfW,:'uncll'll th.ll Ihl' Jf"CI"IOn I'f th l' .Ulf' gO,"I'TTImrnl 10 rtl,..r-atl' th" n«mill"" tll th .. !hn't" l("O("ah(~ U' tn!' ~t.aIC 1\ botl> uT~OCiIblt' "ilJ Im'\ I'nlbll' R!'actlOg on thl' ~Ia tl' "f laoll~ II tM RtL"f! Oust('l"'l; arw.1 pos"blc rl'l","'ll(>n of the Ab.bht..t Rlcl' Mill. C<>m rilldl' Onw. nOIi"d that tht mJ'lttl'r '" ~Iort' thl' roUT1 &JJmg th.t tlw !l~te 1I0\l'f1\1TlCfl1 "oulJ lU't ru.-.h fur-tNof f(>f tl~ rr-I'1(alJon until all thf' fa'littll" n'·l'dl'd 10 tot' '11 ~.J.lrI' "mrll."'l.-..l

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THE NATION, 07 OCTOBER, 2012  

Once upon Abakaliki rice mill

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