The state Governor, Alhaji Muhammad Badaru Abubakar has again restated his administration’s commitment and determination in providing incentives and enabling environment for would be investors in the state.
Speaking at the commissioning of a five hundred million naira food processing company owned by JIFATU Group of companies in Dutse, Governor Badaru described the establishment of the food processing company as a demonstration of his administration’s commitment to woo investors to the state with a view to creating employment and boosting economic activities.
He observed that with the dwindling of revenue from the oil sector there was need to diversify to ensure sustainable growth in the state economy and that with food processing companies like this coming on board, the state will maximize its agricultural potentials and farmers will have a readily available market.
Governor Badaru Abubakar used the occasion to announce that a three hundred and eighty tons capacity rice mill is almost completed in Gujungu Town in Taura Local Government, while other investors have commenced work to establish other agriculturally based industries in the state and made reference to a recent report putting Jigawa State in the third position of Rice producers in the country in 2016 but however promised that the state will take the lead this year.
Other speakers were the State Commissioner of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Alhaji Kabiru Ali who opined that, the best way to develop the economy is to support small and medium enterprises while on his part, the Chairman of JIFATU Group of Companies, Alhaji Sabitu Yahaya commended Governor Muhammad Badaru Abubakar for creating an enabling environment to invest and called on governments at all levels to invest in the youths through instilling in them patriotism.
He said the company with the capacity to process thirty five tons per day is to process wheat, maize, flour, cassava, millet and guinea corn and provide 122 direct jobs at the initial stage of production.