Kogi state Government says its readiness to carry out site and services scheme in the Cassava Processing Zone located in Alape Community in Kabba–Bunu Local Government Area of Kogi State.
The Kogi State Governor, Capt. Idris Wada, stated this while inspecting the extent of work and planting of cassava at Alape, one of the two approved Cassava Processing Zone in Nigeria.
The State Governor who was represented by his Deputy, Yomi Awoniyi said the State Government is ready to partner with the Federal Government and KAGIL, the anchor investor in the project to make Alape an industrial city developed with the adequate master plan and infrastructure.
The State Governor who described the investment that would be attracted to Alape Community as massive, however warned against haphazard development, said a comprehensive master plan that would enable the location of other industries to the area would be deliberately work out.
The Governor assured that the issue of Nomenclature of where the Cassava Processing Zone is located would be addressed, commended the warm reception so far showed by the community.
Capt. Idris Wada, commended the Federal Government for selecting Alape Community in Odo–Ape community of Bunu district in Kabba – Bunu Local Government Area as divine, assured that the State Government would provide the needed security and other support for the successful realization of the Processing Zone, which when operational, the Governor noted would led to the location of several industries.
In his remarks, James Awoniyi, a consultant from the Federal Ministry of Agriculture on the project, said the project is an initiative of the Federal Government and KAGIL Group who are the anchor investors and the third largest food manufacturing company in the world, disclosed that when operational, the processing zone would attract massive investment and job opportunities to the State.
In his speech, Dr. Femi Abolarin, Commissioner for Agriculture, said the process of land clearing and planting has began, also said the project is concerned about raising commercial farmers.
The Representative of Alape Community, Prof. Femi Eyinmidu, called on the State Government to address the nomenclature of where the processing zone would be located, assured of the co-operation of the community to the successful take–off of the project.