Uzodimma tasks N’Assembly on 20% local refining of crude
Imo gets 10,000 rapid test kits
Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State has urged the National Assembly’s Joint Committee on Petroleum Industry Bill (PIB) to facilitate the promulgation of a law on 20 per cent local refining of crude extract in the country.
Uzodimma stated this at the weekend when the committee, led by Senators Albert Bassey Akpan and Ifeanyi Ubah, visited him at Douglas House, Owerri.
The governor regretted that Nigeria was the only country allegedly enmeshed in “all sorts of dichotomy” in the petroleum industry, which required to be rectified.
According to him, if the plea is granted, it will translate to actualising local needs, creating value chain and providing employment for the youths.
He commended the committee members for their visit and advocacy, wishing them well and promising to work with them.
Akpan told the governor that they were in the state for first-hand knowledge and to feel the pulse of the people, which would help them in doing their job with ease.
THE state government, at the weekend, took delivery of 10,000 Lumirady SARS-Rapid Test Kits for the coronavirus disease (COVID -19).
Receiving the items, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Damaris Osunkwo, disclosed that the state government was determined to deploy them to the 647 communities to increase community testing in the 27 Local Councils, thereby testing, isolating, treating and breaking the chain of transmission.
According to her, the governor has been showing commitment to fight the war; hence, minimal record of related deaths in the state.
She said: “The rapid test kits will avail the state of the opportunity to test more people, as the results are collected 12 minutes after conducting the test.
“With this kit, Imo State Government can test, isolate, treat and break the chain of transmission to flatten the curve and eradicate the virus.”
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