Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday cancelled the demarcation and sale of plots of land at the premises of the State Agricultural Development Company along Makurdi-Otukpo road in the state capital.
He announced the cancelation when he visited the company’s premises saying the land must be restored to the original purpose for which it had been earmarked.
Governor Ortom stated that his visit to the place was part of his efforts to revamp moribund projects which the late Governor Aper Aku had executed.
He said although the state did not have the resources to commit to the project it would look for a credible investor who could revive it because the land and opportunities for it still existed.
Governor Ortom lamented the rot at the company but expressed hope that the investor would turn things around and create massive jobs and wealth for the people of the state.
General Manager of the company, Mr Chris Nyiekpoghol, had conducted the Governor round and informed him that a large portion of its land had been forcibly acquired by the Ministry of Land of Survey which had demarcated and sold.
At the Benue Printing and Publishing Corporation, publishers of The Voice newspapers, the Governor described the premises as an eyesore and embarrassment.
He commended the resilience of the staff for working under such an environment and pledged to renovate the structures and install the newly acquired Web press that had been dumped in the warehouse.
Earlier, General Manager, Mr Ben Ebe, had informed the Governor that there was no law establishing the corporation, its newsprint had finished while the status of staff was hanging in the balance as they had no subhead numbers.
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