Benue State Governor-elect, Chief Dr Samuel Ortom, has expressed excitement with the installation of a dredging machine at the bank of River Benue in Wadata saying it conformed with his administration’s idea of thinking outside the box to bring development.
Executive Director of Tojema Nigeria Limited, Mr Mark Hanmation, who owns the plant had invited Chief Dr Ortom to the site and he obliged this morning.
He said there were a thousand and one creative ideas out there to be converted into viable businesses and appealed to Benue indigenes to look around them and seize the numerous available opportunities.
The former Minister of State, Industry, Trade, and Investment said his administration would create an enabling environment for the private sector to thrive as it was the only option available to propel the state forward as it was obtained globally.
He commended Mr Hanmation for the initiative and assured him of government support and partnership when he assumed office.
Chief Dr Ortom disclosed that during his recent trip to China he had opened discussion with a Chinese firm for the establishment of a glass factory in Makurdi for the utilization of the abundant sharp sand in the area which he described as among the best in the world.
He expressed hope that the project would materialize when he takes over.
Mr Hanmation explained that the machine was capable of pumping 1,000 trips of sand daily and providing employment to hundreds of people.
Workers at the site stated that Chief Dr Ortom was the third governor after Aminu Kontagora and George Akume to visit the area.