By; FUNMI OROYE ADERINTO, Kaduna.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Hajiya Aisha Abubakar on Thursday expressed gratitude to GB foods, Africa that has created direct and indirect jobs in the state.
The minister who was on industrial tour visit expressed this at GB Foods Africa Nigeria located at the Airport road in Kaduna.
According to her, what she saw there has impressed her saying, “I’m happy that GB food has imparted positively in Kaduna and Nigerian as a whole.”
Aisha said, GB foods, has kept their words. “They assured us of good production of tomatoes in Nigeria, the packages of Gino tomatoes has improved investment in the state.”
She said the farming of rice in the country has increased and importation of tomatoes from other countries has not helped.
“We decided to partner with them to invest Gino tomatoes here in Nigeria.”
Explaining further, “your coming here has created job opportunities for the youth,” she said, adding that they have added value to them, engaging the youth in the production of local farming and processing of tomato paste in the country.
“With the looks of things here, I think that agriculture will be more easier after a few more years. Tomato farms are very important. They have invested into the country through Gino cane and sachet tomatoes,” she said.
She commended the State Governor Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, for his support towards receiving the GB Food, to invest into the state which has provided job for more than 500 people working in the tomatoes farm.
Earlier in his remarks, the Director Corporate Affairs, GB Food, Africa Nigeria, Dr Teddy Ngu, said he waa excited to welcome the Minister who was determined to visit the tomato farm in Kaduna.
He said her encouragements have given them joy in their hearts, while commending Governor el-Rufai for his support to the farm, adding that they are proud to be in Nigeria.
According to him, “today you can see for yourself, Nigerians are not relying on foreign tomatoes but we have made the country proud,” he said.