Obasanjo lauds Ortom’s achievements on agriculture
Nigerian Concord Newspaper
Former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has commended the governor of Benue state,Samuel Ortom, over his laudable achievements on agriculture since he assumed duties in 2015.
Obasanjo who made the disclosure on Monday in Gwer East during a visit to his mango farm to inspect the progress made so far disclosed that the farm will employ over 1,000 workers in Benue State.
According to him, the plantation would produce and process finished products such as juice from assorted fruits and oil from the seeds that could be used by pharmaceutical companies among others.
His words: “I have come for four things, first to see how the farm has started, thank the governor for his encouragement; thank the community for accepting us and lastly give the workers the way forward.
“The workers are from this community. The mangoes will start producing between three to four years time. We have about 140 hectares of land for the project”
The former president also said that factories for processing fruits would be built and over a 1,000 people would be employed at completion.
He said the oranges, mangoes and other fruits produced by farmers in the state would not enough be enough to run the factories, hence the need for the plantation.
In his own speech,Governor Samuel Ortom who accompanied Obasanjo on the visit, said the state government was ready to facilitate the enabling environment for investors to invest.
The governor said agriculture remained the only permanent gold mine in the country, stressing that it was even far more than oil.
He said his administration would support the private sector and promote development and provide employment for the Benue people.
Recall that Obasanjo in company of Governor Ortom had earlier laid foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi School for “Children with Special Needs” in Igbor, Gwer East local government area