Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
The federal government Friday commenced moves aimed at reviving the abandoned coal industry in Enugu as it engaged a South African-based investor, Simang Group, to come up with the best strategy to realise the objective.
The process, which commenced as the investors opened discussions with the Enugu State government on Thursday on how to achieve the aim is basically targeted at using coal to generate electricity and then spin a chain of allied business activities for the benefit of the people of the South-east and Nigeria as a whole.
Ironically, the process commenced on a day that the House of Representatives rejected the bill for the establishment of the South-East Development Commission (SEDC)
Buhari had while addressing an All Progressives Congress (APC) state rally in Enugu State on January 10, 2015, at Okpara Square Enugu promised to revamp Enugu coal Industry to generate electricity and employment for millions of the unemployed youths in the South-east geo-political zone.
In line with the promise, the president had mandated the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi, to facilitate the process of revamping of Enugu coal industry.