Sokoto State governor, Aminu Tambuwal, has set up a technical committee for the actualisation of a $250 million food processing factory in the state.
The committee, according to a statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Imam Imam, would work with the company setting up the project, Erisco Foods Ltd, to ensure its realisation early next year.
Speaking when he received the management team of Erisco Foods in his office in Sokoto, on Thursday, Mr. Tambuwal said Sokoto was open to business for all investors willing to invest in the state.
He said his policy of looking for Nigerian investors would continue because the country had capable businessmen that would make necessary difference in key areas.
“Establishment of the agro-based company will bring about development of the agricultural sector and provide job opportunities for our people.
“On our part, we will provide necessary incentives to encourage both local and international investors that want to invest in the state.
“Today’s visit shows the resolve of the government to accelerate growth of the economy to improving the living standards of the citizens,” Mr. Tambuwal said.
In his remark, Chairman of Erisco Foods, Eric Umeofia, said apart from the food processing factory, his company was working with foreign partners to see to the possibility of setting up a tractor manufacturing company with the capacity of producing 30,000 tractors annually.
The technical committee is to be headed by the former deputy governor of Sokoto, Chiso Dattijo, with commissioners of Commerce and Industries, Agriculture, Environment and Works as members, while Lawal Maidoki would serve as the secretary.
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