Benue State Government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a group of Chinese companies under the auspices of CGC Alliance for industrial and commercial revitalization of the state.
Areas of focus include coal power plant, potable water and irrigation, renovation of agriculture service centers, construction of Makurdi-Guma road, and reticulation of water in Makurdi, Otukpo and Katsina-Ala.
Others are airport and industrial park construction, sugar cane plantation and refineries.
Governor Samuel Ortom signed on behalf of the state government in his office in the Benue Peoples House while Managing Director of the Group, Tony Ye signed on behalf of the companies.
Governor Ortom expressed confidence in the ability of the group to deliver as it had successfully constructed the Otobi and Katsina-Ala water works.
He said although the state owed CGC large amounts of money on the two projects he appealed for understanding while assuring that his administration would do its best to honor contractual agreements.
Managing Director of the group, Mr Ye stated that various companies have teamed up under the alliance in order to handle all infrastructural projects in the state if given the opportunity and expressed appreciation to the Ortom administration for inviting them to partner in the development of the state.
In another development, Governor Ortom has appealed to the Bill Gates Foundation to consider the whole value chain in its approach to promote the cultivation of cassava and rice in the state.
He made the appeal when he received a delegation from Synergos Institute led by Adewale Adewale Ajabi on behalf of the foundation.
The Governor who expressed the willingness of the state to partner with viable investors and create the enabling environment of investments to thrive pointed out that unless attention was given to the whole value chain the cassava produced would be wasted at the end of the day.
Mr. Ajabi had disclosed that the foundation was willing to collaborate with the state government to assist in cassava and rice processing.
He said the objective was to assist farmer to get value for their produce and to boost the economy of the state.
Governor Ortom also received a delegation from the Mutual Union of Tiv in America, MUTA, who were in the state for a health fair.
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