Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday pledged to support Dajo Pottery Limited to realize its full potentials.
He made the pledge when he visited the ceramics factory in Makurdi.
“We have the ability to turn Benue State into a big gold mine by exploring all those areas where we have comparative and competitive advantages, and this is one area, the raw material is here, it’s a matter of just adding value to it and turning it into international products,” he stated.
“All over the world ceramics are major products that are exported and sold to all parts of the world; in Nigeria we have no business importing ceramic materials, and from what I’ve seen here, tiles and several other products can be derived from these raw materials.”
According to him, what was needed was for government to provide the enabling environment and create a conducive atmosphere for ventures like Dajo Pottery to thrive.”
“I can assure you that my government will partner with Dajo Pottery to ensure that it establishes a functional factory that can produce not just ceramics but tiles and all the needed wares that can be derived from clay as we have it in abundance in,” Governor Ortom said.
“You can imagine the number of youths that are employed in this facility, this is commendable, it is appreciated and government will definitely support and work with them.”
The Governor emphasized that government at all levels cannot provide sufficient jobs, wealth and opportunities for the teeming population hence input of the private sector has become imperative.
“This is what is needed; industrialization so that we can add value to our primary products and also create micro, small and medium scale enterprises that are very critical at this time,” he stressed.
President and Chief Executive Officer of the factory, Mr. Levi O’bem Yakubu stated that Governor Ortom identified with his vision from the beginning.
“I have the conviction that his presence here will transform our vision into adding value to the national vision where you talk about wealth creation, income generation, and poverty alleviation,” he stated.
Dajo Pottery, the first marble-ceramic tableware manufacturer in Africa, a pioneer industry that has won national and international awards for excellence, is located in Makurdi.
The company produces a wide range of tableware as well as decorative ceramics for household as well as hotels, and public buildings.
Its founder and President, Mr. Yakubu who is a 1979 graduate of Fine Arts from the Ahmadu Bello University Zaria established the factory from humble beginnings in 1988 and has nurtured it to enviable international standards.