By; BUHARI B BELLO, Jos
Agro-processing equipment worth N300 million have arrived the country for a pilot project in Plateau State courtesy of a New York based non-governmental organization in the United States of America.
When established, the agro-processing plant would have the capacity to create over one million jobs and reduce unemployment among youths in Plateau State.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State while receiving the Chief Executive Officer, Forbes Hall Development Foundation, Mrs. Ingrid Forbes Hall when she paid him a visit at Government, House, Rayfield, Jos. said his administration was ready to partner any organization that has interest in the agriculture sector for the development of the economy and job creation in the state.
Lalong represented by his Deputy, Professor Sonni Tyoden, said the APC led government both at state and Federal levels was focusing on agriculture as an alternative to oil which was the main revenue earner.
Governor Lalong expressed delight with the company which according to him would add value to the raw materials in the state, and would also impart knowledge to the local people who were ready to key into the project.
While reiterating government’s commitment to partnering with the organization to ensure its take off, he advised the chief execute officer to liaise with the relevant government agency so as to provide the enabling environment for its take off.
Earlier, chief executive officer of the organization, Ingrid Forbes Hall said she was in the country to seek areas of collaboration with both federal and state government especially the northern parts of the country to explore the agricultural potentials that abound.
She described Plateau as strategic for the pilot project because of its unique agricultural products and the good climate.
According to the chief executive, when established, the processing plant would engage about one million youth while the value chain would be processed for export.