- Former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is visiting Benue state for various activities
- Part of the Obasanjo's visit to the north-central state is to check on his mango plantation
- The former Nigerian leader revealed that the facility would employ over a thousand people
Former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, says his mango plantation in Howe, Gwer East local government area of Benue state will employ over 1,000 workers in the area.
The workers, he said, will mostly be engaged by factories for processing fruits which would be built alongside the farm.
Obasanjo made the disclosure on Monday, November 4 when he visited the plantation to inspect the progress made so far.
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 various companies.
Obasanjo further said his farm acquired about 140 hectares of land for the project, adding that the workers to be engaged will be from the area.
“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,’’ he said.
He said that 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.
Speaking during the visit, Governpr Samuel Ortom said his government was ready to facilitate the enabling environment for investors to invest.
He stated that agriculture remained the only permanent gold mine in the country, stressing that it was even far more than oil.
Obasanjo had earlier laid foundation of a Catholic Diocese of Makurdi School in the state before embarking on the visit accopanied by the governor.
Meanwhile, in Akwa Ibom, the state government has indicated its interest in increasing its investments in the agricultural sector.
The governor of the state, Udom Emmanuel, said there was a need for his government to invest in the sector for sustainable development and wealth creation.