In continuation of feasibility studies by German investors aimed at creating employment opportunity to the teeming populace of the state, the team was in Lau Local Government to inspect the Lau Tomatoes Company, which has been lying fallow for over three decades.
The team leader of the German investors, Engr. Michael Struve in the company of the Commissioner of Commerce and Industries and some officials of the Ministry inspected the Lau Tomatoes company which has suffered a long period of abandonment where both the structure and equipment are in a sorry state.
Engr. Struve said they would be able to revive the company and pointed out that all the equipment in the company is obsolete. The Engr. stated that the only option is to renovate the place and replace the existing equipment with modern ones that are faster and can produce at a very high speed both regarding quality and quantity.
He explained that German technology is among the best in the world and stressed that they would do everything possible to assist the state Governor in realizing his dream of reviving the Lau Tomatoes company.
Engr. Struve commended Governor Darius Ishaku for having the vision of reviving the company, stressing that, it will go a long way in creating more jobs for the people of the state and even beyond.
He asserted that the vision of the State Governor would soon be realized if only government will fulfill its part of the agreement including the provision of necessary infrastructures such as roads, water, and power which are the critical and essential component for the survival and sustenance of any viable company.
Engr. Struve maintained that his team is ready to collaborate with the Rescue Mission of the state Government so that development will thrive speedily in the state and averred that the body language of the Governor shows his readiness to create jobs across the board in the state.
The German investor described Taraba as an investment haven that every potential investor would be interested in and pointed out that God has enormously blessed the state, stressing that all that is required at the moment is the political will of government to kick start partnering with expatriates that will committedly assist the state to harness the abundant natural resources in the state.
Also commenting, the Commissioner of Commerce and Industries, Hon. Iliya Ajibu expressed government determination towards turning around of all public facilities in the state to (or “intending to”) tackling unemployment problem in the state.
Iliya Ajibu maintained that all government industries had been captured in the Rescue Mission of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku.
The Commisioner expressed optimism that very soon all the earmarked companies will start receiving government attention to (or “intending to”) making them viable and vibrant with the sole objectives of creating jobs and to equally improve on the revenue profile of the state.
In his contribution, the project facilitator who is a Nigerian based in Germany, Saturday Jackson said Governor Ishaku is poised to bring succor to the people of the state.
Mr. Jackson added that as a Nigerian he would support the initiative of the Governor by broadening the scope of the partnership that is not captured in the first MoU.
He commended Governor Ishaku for having the interest of his people at heart by bringing development closer to the population of the state in spite of the financial challenges being faced in the country.
He also asserted that his choice to partner with German investor is the best stressing that very soon the people of Taraba will experience the best of German expertise.
Also, the Caretaker Chairman of Lau Local Government, Hon. Nicholas Waniyafiwani appreciated the effort of Governor Darius Ishaku through the rescue mission aimed at improving the livelihood of the people of the state and pointed out that what the people of the state desires at this particular time is to feel the impact of government most especially in bringing development closest to them.
Hon. Waniyafiwani revealed that he is determined to mobilise the people of his local government to support the wonderful initiative of Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku so that they can benefit maximally from the partnership and added that they have fervently prayed for the reactivation of the Tomatoes Company for long.
The CTC Lau asserted that God has finally answered their collective prayers and said soon Lau will join league of local Governments with industries in the country.
The team also inspected the Taraba Quarry and Asphalt plant along Wukari road, the Technobat Housing estate, two parcel of lands along Kona Garo road and opposite NYSC orientation camp near Sibre in Ardo Kola local Government.