The Benue State Government has constituted a committee to review the engagement of Fanison Nigeria Limited, to build, operate and transfer the cement manufacturing factory at Mbatiav in Gboko local government area.
The committee which is headed by the state Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr Mike Gusa, has the Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Tersoo Kpelai, that of Works and Transport, Emmanuel Manger, as well as Special Advisers on Monitoring and Evaluation, Alhaji Isah Usman, Ethics and Value Orientation, Godwin Idoko, Religious Affairs and Civil Society, Rev Joseph Ogezi, Lands and Survey, Professor Jonathan Uever as well as Economic Investment, Dr Bem Melladu as members.
Governor Ortom who made the disclosure today at the Benue People’s House Makurdi during a courtesy call on him by officials of Mbatiav Development Association said the constitution of the committee was in compliance with the administration’s stand on due process.
He said the committee has two weeks to submit its report and that the state Head of Service would appoint a secretary.
The Governor maintained that the factory, when operational, would provide employment, wealth, and opportunities to thousands across the country and beyond, and promised to do everything possible to ensure that its took off.
In a remark, the member Representing Gboko-Tarka Federal Constituency, Hon. John Dyegh, expressed gratitude to Governor Ortom for the step he had taken to bring the Mbatiav Cement Factory and the Wannune Tomato Juice to life and promised that the entire people of Gboko local government area would continue to support his government to succeed.
Earlier, President General, Mbatiav Development Association, Mr. Iorshe Orngu Dwem, appealed to Governor Ortom to set aside the agreement signed for the cement project between the immediate past administration and Fanison International Company Limited, describing the deal as fraudulent.
Mr. Dwem also called on the state government to cancel the certificate of occupancy the previous administration issued to the company.
The Mbatiav delegation also canvassed the nullification of the three exploration licences granted to Tomi Kadri for Fanison.
It commended Governor Samuel Ortom for taking proactive steps to address the needs of the people.