The Borno State Government has begun the process of resuscitating the Maiduguri International hotel, the State Hotel and four industries, aimed at enhancing the internally generated revenue of the state.
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum assessed the two hotels, Borno Fertilizer Company, NIETAL Shoes and Ternary Factory, Borno Steel and Wire Industry and Borno Supply Company, all in the state capital.
At the state hotel, he directed the complete rehabilitation and face-lift of the hotel while repairs for others are to also begin after technical evaluation.
Equally at the Maiduguri International Hotels, which currently houses the headquarters of Super Camp One, Operation Lafiya Dole, Governor Zulum assessed the section of the hotel that was burnt by fire outbreak in 2011.
At the state owned fertilizer company, Jere Local Government Area, the Governor directed the Ministry of Agriculture, which supervises the company to submit a detailed proposal of all the requirements needed for the company to resume work.
He however explained that considering the security situation in the state, the company could only produce blended fertilizer, which was approved by the Federal Government.
“I think the major problem of this fertilizer blending plant is negligence. These places could have been roofed. These are the areas we have problem in most of our industries. I think we cannot just invest. First and foremost, we have to do a feasibility study to determine its viability and profitability. We are aware of the sanction on the use of fertilizer in the North-east, especially Urea fertilizer. However, recently the President has approved the usage of blended fertilizer. We will use this window to start operation here”, Zulum said.
The Borno State Governor also visited NIETAL Shoe and Ternary Factory, where he directed the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to invite qualified technical personnel to thoroughly assess the requirements for the resuscitation of the factory.
“It has been long the government of Borno State is making effort for the resuscitation of some of the industries. I have directed the Ministry of Commerce to immediately invite experts, especially those working here. I don’t mind calling those that have retired. Cross pollinate ideas and come up with a plan. You should detail among others, the functionality of some of the equipment on ground”, he said.
He also gave similar directives when he visited the Borno Steel and Wire Industry, Maiduguri.
The Governor also inspected facilities at Borno Supply Company BOSCO and interacted with the management staff on how the company could be reactivated to meet public demand.
He also inspected an ongoing rehabilitation and expansion of BOSCO filling station along GRA Police Station.
Excited by the phase of work, Zulum assured the contractor of prompt release of funds whenever necessary. He also reiterated the Government’s commitment to establish mega filling stations in the state capital.
“I am very impressed with your work. Despite the lockdown, you have made significant progress. We shall ensure timely release of funds to you. This is one of the mega stations we intend to put in place. While this is ongoing, we can start another one”, he added.