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Company to establish $250m food processing plant in Sokoto


Sokoto  –  Gov. Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State has set up a technical committee to work with Erisko Foods Limited to fast track the establishment of a 250 million dollar food processing factory by the company in the state.

A statement issued on Thursday in Sokoto by his spokesman, Imam Imam, said that the committee, headed by former deputy governor, Alhaji Chiso Dattijo, was mandated to ensure that the company begin production in early 2016.

Tambuwal, who received officials of the company, said that the state government was open to genuine investors and would pursue friendly policies to encourage investment.

“Our policy of looking for Nigerian investors will continue, because the country has capable businessmen that will make necessary difference in key areas.

“Establishment of the agro-based company will bring about development of the agricultural sector and provide job opportunities for our people.

” On our part, we will provide necessary incentives to encourage both local and international investors that want to invest in the state.

“Today’s visit shows the resolve of the government to accelerate growth of the economy towards improving the living standards of the citizens,” Tambuwal added.
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Chairman of Erisco Foods, Chief Eric Umeofia, said apart from the food processing factory, the company is considering establishing a tractor manufacturing company in the state.

He said that the company was discussing with its foreign partners on the possibility of establishing the company with capacity to produce 30,000 tractors annually. (NAN)

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