TThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry has been in existence since the creation of
Ebonyi State in 1996, and has achieved a lot for Ebonyi state. They are:
The successful renovation of some markets in the Abakaliki capital city by Governor Dave Umahi and the
reconstruction of the abattoir at meat market Abakaliki were successfully carried out through the Ministry
of Commerce and Industry.
Industrial development and procurement of rice parboiling plants: The Present government under Gov. Dave Umahi
has through the Ministry of Commerce and Industry established a functional Pipe Production company and the
procurement of Parboiling plants for commercial rice production to international standard.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has registered, trained and as well developed over 10,000 functional
cooperative societies all over the state.
The Ministry has increased the revenue of the state government by generating over N100m through business
premises fees, haulage fees and others.
Obviously, the state is endowed with abundant natural and mineral resources like lead, granite, zinc, salt,
limestone etc. Effort is geared by the Ministry toward bringing genuine investors to harness these potentials
for exportation, to create massive employment and as well increase the state IGR.
In other to boost the commercial activities of the state, the Ministry has since inception participated in
different kinds of International Trade Fairs such as Kaduna International Trade Fair, Enugu International
Trade Fair, Abuja National Trade fair and Lagos International Trade Fair. The Ministry sometimes in 2014
in conjunction with EBCCIMA organized a local trade fair tagged “AGRODEF” which boosted and served as a
tonic to the economy of the state.
The ongoing construction work at the Ebonyi State International Market, International Trade Center and the
Industrial Estate are all credited to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has built many small and medium businesses in the state through funds
for small scale industries domiciled in the Ministry, also through the help of SMEDAN and Bank of Industry.
This was made possible through soft credits and grants given out to many Ebonyians who have invested same
with close monitoring which have created lots of business activities in the state and beyond.
Aggressive monitoring of the activities of companies operating in Ebonyi State and the government haulage
agents have been the front burner of the Ministry, thus, this has enhanced the sharp increase in the
revenue generation of the Ministry by the discovery of new mining sites.
In collaboration with Ebonyi Business Support Centre, the Ministry has organized many training workshops;
more than 1000 persons have through this training acquired skills in detergents and soap making, baking
and confectionaries etc, as well as methods of accessing YOUWIN and BOI loans and grants.
Supervisory roles: The Ministry has peacefully monitored and conducted elections of some Market
Associations in the state.
The Ministry has as well attended meetings in which the Ministry of Commerce and Industry mediated and
settled industrial disputes between companies and host communities.