FERTILIZER COMPANYBy George Daniya

Niger State Government has taken proactive measure towards the resuscitation of the moribund Niger Fertilizer Company, Zungeru that had been lying fallow for over  two decades by leasing it to a Dubai based agro-company, JMarine Logistics limited for the next 25 years.

Niger State Governor, Alh. (Dr) Abubakar Sani Bello represented by the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alh Ahmed Ibrahim Matane witnessed the signing of the lease agreement signed between the Niger State Government and the Dubai Agro firm held at the Government House, Minna.

Governor Bello said that agriculture cannot be modernized without the use of fertilizers and farm implements like tractors and others; hence the reason why the state government is keen to see that Zungeru Fertilizer Company established in 1998 is revamped.

He said that the source of raw materials was readily available in the state, adding that the government will provide the required support to the firm to succeed bearing in mind the opportunities associated with the activities of the company.

The state Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Co-operative, Dr. Jibril Mustapha said that the company will inject $12m to procure new machines, value chain of economic activities will be created with a monthly revenue generation of N4m to the government coffers.

He added that even as the state government has provided the land and security, the commissioner said that the government still has a stake in the company as the local government has 15 per cent while the state has 30 per cent in the company.

The commissioner said that this was one of the efforts that the governor wants to use to boost the economy of the state to achieve accelerated development.

Mr. Tahir Quresh who spoke on behalf of the company assured that within the next six months activities in Zungeru Fertilizer will come to life.

Mr. Quresh said that a lot of opportunities abound in the state in agriculture, so they are not just for fertilizer production but will set up a factory plant for the construction and manufacturing of tractors and other implements.

He assured that they will work closely with the government and hoping to have a long time working relationship.

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