Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom has expressed worry over the comatose state of major industries in the state, maintaining that the state was under a spell.
Ortom spoke at Taraku in Gwer Local Government Area of the state during his tour of Taraku Mills industry where he noted that the factory is a goldmine which should not have been allowed to waste away.
He restated his government’s determination to resuscitate industries in the state in order to create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the state.
“The raw materials are here and when the factory starts working, farmers will smile. I will look outside the box to ensure that this is achieved. I want to pay tribute to late Governor Aper Aku who had the foresight to establish this factory and I promise to build on his legacies. We will create the enabling environment to ensure that our industries functional again”, the governor assured.
He however warned indigenes of the area not to vandalise machines in the industry but instead protect them, reminding them that they are also stakeholders in the Benue project.
Earlier, the Managing Director Taraku Mills, Mr. Earnest Jor, said they are faced with water problem, intimating that plans are on to construct a dam to address the challenge.
Mr. Jor said when the mill becomes functional; it will have the capacity to engage over 600 persons.
Governor Ortom also visited the Otukpo Burnt Bricks Company, which was established in 1981 but has become moribund. He also assured that modern machines would be purchased while expatriates will be engaged by government to ensure that the plant bounced back.

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