By Seriki Adinoyi
Plateau state government on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Oil and Chemical International, a member of the Duncan Group of Companies, to set up a 40 tonnes fertiliser blending plant in Foron in Barkin Ladi local government area of the state.
Signing the MoU on behalf of the state government, the state Commissioner of Commerce, Ezekiel Daju, said the occasion was another milestone in the Governor Simon Lalong’s led administration.
He said, “As we all know, most citizens of our state are farmers and fertiliser is an essential ingredient in Agriculture. Due to the fallen price of oil, the state government has keyed into diversification and our Governor, Simon Lalong has vowed to transform the Agriculture sector in order to boost food production and the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state. “.
“This is the beginning of good and people oriented projects that would happen under the Rescue Administration of Governor Simon Lalong.
‘He is committed to delivering dividends of democracy to the people of the state.
“When completed it would create Job opportunities to our teeming youths and also boost food production in the state.”
Commissioner for Agriculture, Linda Barau, who also spoke at the occasion, said the promises that Governor Simon Lalong’s administration made before coming into office are being implemented.
She said the unique geography of the state makes it suitable for the farming of a wide range of exotic and traditional crops for which Plateau is distinguished.
Speaking on behalf of the company, the director of Operations of Oil and Chemicals International, Michael Ekoja, said Plateau ranks one of the leading agrarian states in the country with over 60 percent of its population engaged in farming.