<<< By Terver Akase >>>
The country’s Sugar Development Council says it has identified sites in Benue State with the capacity for massive sugar production.
Acting Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Council, Mr. Samuel Alikwube announced this today when he led other officials on a courtesy visit to Governor Samuel Ortom at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.
He explained that the sites could be found in Agasha, Guma Local Government area, Mbayion in Gboko and Katsina Ala, advocating the establishment of an integrated sugar plant in the state to complement the existing NNPC sugar project.
The Acting Chief Executive officer told the Governor that survey of such sites by the Council had already commenced and appealed that land be allocated for the establishment of the integrated Sugar Plant.
Responding, Governor Ortom who described sugar plants as a lucrative business, promised to cooperate with any investor that the Council would recommend to set up the plants in parts of the state.
The Governor urged the Council to explore areas around Rivers Benue and Katsina Ala as well as their tributaries in Agatu and other areas, giving assurance on his administration’s readiness to provide a conducive working environment for the Council’s programmes to thrive in Benue.