Segun Awofadeji in Bauchi
Bauchi State government will soon revive its fertiliser blending company to provide the commodity to farmers in the state and beyond.
Speaking during a tour of the company in Bauchi yesterday, the newly appointed chairman of the company, Bappah Aliyu Musa promised to revive the company and make it profitable.
He lamented that despite the huge amount spend by previous government, machineries and raw materials are allowed to be wasting away at the premises of the company for over seven years, saying that the company has been moribund and grossly under utilised due to a deliberate neglect.
He said that the governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar -led administration as a result of its commitment to key into the President Muhammadu Buhari’s agricultural revival effort, has focused on ways to develop the sector in Bauchi State.
The new chairman therefore called for the cooperation of the company workers towards achieving the set goal of putting the company back to life,noting that the present condition of the company calls for a concerted effort of all the workers as well as members of the company’s management.
He informed that the company when fully functional will provide jobs for about 500 people in its fertiliser blending and Kaolin procession sections.
Responding, the General Manager of the company, Danjuma Adamu said that the new chairman came at the right time when it needed a competent management team.
He said that looking at the new chairman’s private sector background who has also ran a successful company, he is confident that he has the ability to turnaround the fortunes of the company.
Adamu informed the new chairman that because of the neglect the company suffers in the past, it’s challenges had been growing over the years.
He noted that work in the company has almost stopped and lacks money to even pay it’s staff salaries adding that as of the time of the chairman’s arrival, the December salaries of some of its staff has not been paid.
Furthermore, he noted that if not for a fund of about seven million given by the state government recently, funds have not been provided for the running of the company by successive government.
He promised that the workers and management of the company will give maximum cooperation to the new chairman for the success of the company.
The Bauchi Fertiliser company was established in 1995 and revived and re-commissioned by former Vice President, Namadi Sambo in November, 2013.