Rivers eyes 6,000 jobs as state opens cassava factory


Rivers State Governor,  Nyesom Wike says his administration has completed the state cassava processing factory that will regularly buy cassava tubers from 3,000 Rivers farmers.

At the presentation of processed cassava flour to him and members of the Rivers State Executive Council on Wednesday by members of Management and Board of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Company, Wike approved May date for the inauguration of the facility.

Wike noted that in 2015, Shell Petroleum Development Company, one of the shareholders in the company was downsising its operations in the country, and it was going to affect the cassava factory.

“The Rivers State Government took it upon itselfto make sure that this project is completed.  We got the funds and today, we give God the glory that we have achieved it.

“About 3,000 farmers will be benefitting. If you calculate 3,000 farmers making money and the multiplier effects, you’ll be talking about 6,000 persons. That is creating of jobs and we are happy that we are doing it.”

Wike expressed appreciation to the Central Bank of Nigeria for approving money for the project even if it came when it had been completed.

The Project Manager of the firm, Mr Reuben Geisen, said, “We have a factory that is operational and that can benefit 3,000 farmers on a yearly basis with a steady income.


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