From Desmond Shagbaor, MAKURDI
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, has assured the core investors in the proposed Ethanol project in the state of enhanced security for their investment.
He gave the assurance at a dinner party and command performance at the New Banquet Hall of the Government House in Makurdi.
“We will create the enabling environment for your investment such that you will make Benue State your first home,” he stated.
“I assure you of security for your lives and property as well as your entire investment such that you will get abundant profit, apart from the agricultural value chain there are numerous other areas and opportunities that you can venture into”.
The governor expressed happiness that following his dedication of the state to God there had been divine intervention in the affairs of the state which he said started to manifest in several areas including the economic sector with investors bringing funds to invest in projects such as the Makurdi Cargo Airport.
Governor Ortom said with the investment of $340 million aby the core investors into the Ethanol project in collaboration with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, would provide more than 30,000 jobs at the initial stage and much more later.
He said by the time he would be leaving office it would be clear to all that the God who made it possible for him to be Governor had also helped him to perform superlatively.
Governor Ortom stated that the project which cuts across Guma, Buruku and Logo local government areas of the state was so important to the economy of the country that President Muhammadu Buhari would personally perform the ground breaking ceremony.
Spokesman for major stakeholders in Guma local government area, Chief Moses Anageende, assured the investors of the support and cooperation of the host community.
Chief Executive Officer of Justin Sugar, United Kingdom, Mr. Dong Thry Dong, stated that the people of the state were blessed and lucky to have a Governor who he described as efficient and whose efforts he said contributed to fast tracking the take off of the project.
He solicited the cooperation and support of the host community assuring that work would commence soon.