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My mango plantation will employ over 1,000 workers in Benue, Obasanjo brags

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By Sylvanus Okpe

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has said that his mango plantation in Howe, Gwer East Local Government Area of Benue State will employ over 1,000 workers in the state.

Obasanjo stated this in Howe during a visit to inspect the level of work done on the farm.

He noted that the plantation would produce and process finished products such as juice from assorted fruits and oil from the seeds that could be used by pharmaceutical companies among others.

“I have come for four things, first to see how the farm has started, thank the governor for his encouragement; thank the community for accepting us and lastly give the workers the way forward.

“The workers are from this community. The mangoes will start producing between three to four years time. We have about 140 hectares of land for the project.’’
The former president said that factories for processing fruits would be built and over a 1,000 people would be employed at completion.

The former President also added that the oranges, mangoes and other fruits produced by farmers in the state would not be enough to run the factories, hence the need for the plantation.

In his reaction, the Governor of the state, Dr Samuel Ortom who accompanied Obasanjo on the visit, noted that the state government was ready to provide the enabling environment for investors to invest.

Ortom observed that agriculture remained the only permanent gold mine in the country, stressing that it was even far more than oil.

He assured that his administration would support the private sector and promote the development and provide employment for the Benue people.

Obasanjo had also during the visit, laid the foundation of the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi School for “Children with Special Needs” in Igbor, Gwer East local government area.

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