<<< By Tahav Agerzua >>>
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has restated his commitment to revamping the comatose state-owned industries.
He made the pledge at the Old Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House, at the signing of an investment agreement between the state government and Torra KFT of Hungry for the completion and running of the Wannune Tomato Factory.
Represented by the Secretary to the state Governor, Mr. Targema Takema, Governor Ortom stated that he would give priority to agro processing industries so that farmers in the state could add value on their produce and boost their earnings.
“One of the five pillars of our administration has remained agriculture and agro processing,” he stated.
According to him the Wannune Factory had the capacity of changing the economic fortunes of the state and expressed happiness that he found a competent and capable partner in Torra KFT.
He described one of the anchors of the agreement, Mr. Toryima Orga, former economic adviser to Governor Aper Aku as a respected and patriotic indigene of the state with a lot of initiatives who played a key role in the industrialization policy of the late Governor.
Governor Ortom stated that the state government would create an enabling environment for the revamping of the factory and similar ones in the state.
Mr. Orga, who spoke for the core investor commended Governor Ortom’s commitment to the success of the partnership.
He said that when the Governor heard that when operational the factory would process 18 trailers of tomato a day he encouraged the core investor to meet with farmers directly and discuss an out growers scheme with them.
Commissioner of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Tersoo Kpelai stated that due process was followed before the agreement was signed.
President of Torra KFT Mr Giulio Bianchi signed for his firm while Mr Orga was his witness; Dr Kpelai signed for the state and Mr Michael Gusa, the Attorney-General and Justice Commissioner was his witness.