By Our Reporter Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule of Nasarawa state has expressed his profound gratitude to Flour Mills Nigeria for showing genuine interest in Nasarawa State. He made this remark when he led a high powered team to the headquarters of Flour Mills in Lagos to showcase the economic potentials of Nasarawa State in value chain development of Cassava.
In a statement issued by Director General Strategic Communication and Press Affairs Government House, Yakubu Lamai said the exploratory visit saw Governor Abdullahi A. Sule reaffirm the commitment of Nasarawa State towards providing the most suitable fertile land and geographic advantage in terms of access to markets for Flour Mills Nigeria, should the company accept to venture into large scale Cassava farming in the state.
The Governor further enumerated that the absence of improved cassava variety in Nigeria offers Flour Mills a lucrative gap to take advantage of and that under his stewardship, agriculture has been repositioned as a key competitive sector in Nasarawa State.
Governor Sule stated that now is the time for Flour Mills to seize the opportunity of the highest level of political will already in place and the robust prevailing enabling environment being provided by Nasarawa State, as well as the world class digital land administration system of NAGIS: (Nasarawa Geographic information Service) to invest in Nasarawa State.
On his part, the Group Managing Director of Flour Mills Nigeria Mr. Paul Gbededo acknowledged that without doubt, “Nasarawa State means Business”, and that the fact that Governor Abdullahi A. Sule clearly communicated the purpose of this meeting, even before arriving Lagos; showed that the government in Nasarawa State was proactive and investor focused.
Mr. Gbededo lauded the business presentation of Nasarawa State team led by Engineer Abdullahi A. Sule describing it as compelling and speaks to depth, hard-work and a brilliant acumen to attract investment at par with global standards.
At the end of the meeting, it was resolved that Flour Mills Nigeria will invest in Agri-processing in Nasarawa State with investments in Cassava farming and Sugar plantation.
On the entourage of Governor Abdullahi A. Sule were Attorney General and Commissioner of Justice Prof. Abdulkarim Kana, Commissioner of Agriculture, Prof Otaki Alanana and Lands Commissioner, Prof Salisu Alizaga. Others on the team included Special Adviser on Investment, Ibrahim Adamu Abdullahi, and Permsecs Napthali Dachor for Agriculture and Permsec Stephen Dogo of Lands; as well as DG Nagis, Sonny Agassi and Surveyor General Yusuf Awuya.