Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday said the proposed Ethanol project in the state would create more than 30,000 jobs.
He said this at a dinner party and command performance at the New Banquet Hall of the Benue Peoples House in Makurdi.
Governor Ortom said with the investment of $340 million by 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 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.
Governor Ortom also assured the core investors in the proposed Ethanol project in the state of enhanced security for their investment.
“We’ll create the enabling environment for your investment such that you’ll 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.”
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.