MAIDUGURI, North-East, Nigeria – Borno State Governor, Professor Babagana Zulum, has said his administration is ready to increase its funding of the Maiduguri Flour Mill to maximize its full production capacity of semovita and other food products.
He stated this in Maiduguri on Wednesday, during an inspection tour of the facility where he met with management of the company.
The Maiduguri Flour Mill is jointly owned by the Federal Government’s Chad Basin Development Authority, Governments of Borno and Yobe States, Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc, Apapa and New Nigeria Development Company.
He said when the company is able to operate on its full capacity, it will greatly contribute to increased in the availability of food stuffs in the markets.
“I am aware that this company was already operating, but the most important thing is to see how we can derive maximum benefit from it. I am ever ready to approve funds even though the company is now driven by about five shareholders including Borno State Government. Nevertheless, I don’t mind to increase more funds into the basket.
“However, my major concern is the output. What can we get after we inject funds, what will our people benefits? Let there be availability of quality Semovita and other food items in Borno markets. This, I believe can help in reducing the prices of food when people have access to more options, and there will be greater value addition to our economy,” he said.
In a related development, Zulum visited the Federal Secretariat Complex, to asses the ongoing biometric enrolments process for Batch C applicants of the Federal Government’s N-Power vocational employment programme.
He directed the release of an undisclosed largess to all applicants to ease transportation after resumption in their respective places of primary assignments.
The Governor equally returned to the state owned Ramat Polytechnic to monitor some immediate interventions from the directives given the previous day.
It would be recalled that Governor Zulum, had on Tuesday, September 21, 2021
suspended the entire Polytechnic’s management for the institution’s failing state; and directed the state’s Ministry for Higher Education to take over management of the school for six months and speedily bring about changes that should start manifesting within 24 hours.