<<< By Godwin Akor >>>
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has promised to give full support to the resuscitation of Taraku Mills by Afrigate West Africa Limited.
Making the pledge when the management staff of Afrigate West Africa Limited led by Adole Owoicho, called on him at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi today, the Governor said the project would create wealth for the people.
He said he had inspected Taraku Mills as soon as he assumed office and described it as a gold mine and expressed his administration’s willingness to make it function again.
Governor Ortom said the impact of the reactivation would be massive, stressing that soya beans and maize which would be the raw materials for the industry were being cultivated in commercial quantities across Benue state.
According to him, the go-back-to-land policy of his administration was beginning to yield positive results with people including executive council members involved in agriculture.
The Governor said the state government was looking for investors to take over the company but capability and capacity to manage it were set as criteria and expressed the hope that Afrigate would meet the high expectations.
He said his administration would provide the enabling environment for the investors to operate and added that Benue people would be happy to see Taraku Mills come on stream again.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Mr Owoicho Adole, explained to the Governor that the new management of Taraku Mills would comprise Ghanaians, Romanians and Nigerians.
He also said the financier, Mr Mario, came with him to Benue Peoples House to assure the Governor that funding was not going to be a problem.
Mr Adole said Afrigate would make Taraku Mills profitable and introduced a Ghanaian, Mr Nana Anim Dankwah, who he said was one of those that originally built Taraku Mills.
Dankwah said Afrigate would provide 200 mega watts plant and engage 80,000 out-growers who have requested for special seeds in the 23 local government areas, adding that three training centers would be established for the out-growers in the state.
Godwin Akor is the SSA, Media