Benue to lease moribund industries

By Matthew Ajai-Kume

Governor Samuel Ortom has expressed the commitment of Benue State Government (BNSG) to revive moribund industries in the state, by leasing them to interested private organisations.

The Benue State Governor stated this recently at the Governor’s Lodge, Abuja when he played host to the delegation from Sirmuel Global Resources Limited and Serge Infrastructure Limited.

“Globally, government only provides the enabling environment in terms of policies and regulations for the private sector to drive the economy,” he stated.

Governor Ortom explained the instances whereby, Benkins Plastic Industry, which was established in 2004 and the Fertiliser Blending Plant could not take off, until they were leased out to private companies.

He said the state government has already advertised for potential investors to take over Taraku Mills, the Burnt Bricks, Otukpo Roof Tiles companies and Tomato Factory in Wannune.

In an address, the Chairman, Sirmuel Global Resources Limited, Prof. Silas Lamela said, his company is interested in developing the agricultural sector of the state and has already engaged the government at various levels.

Prof. Lamela stated that, the company has made presentations to the commissioner of agriculture and that of industry to give an insight into what the company would be doing in the state, which include going into full fledged farming.

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