Jalingo — Governor Danbaba Suntai of Taraba state has commissioned the N540 million computerized stone-crushing and asphalt plant at Sibre near Jalingo, constructed by the state government.
The asphalt company located about 10 kilometres to Jalingo town from Wukari according to the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor was initiated and constructed by Suntai-led administration.
Commissioning the plant, Suntai gave thanked God for the realization of the project, saying the project is one of the steps taken by his administration to provide the much needed infrastructure for fulfilling the yearnings and aspirations of the citizens that gave him the mandate to serve as governor.
He used the occasion to announce the 2 million Euros special grant the state government received from the Netherlands for the development of Cassava production in the state.
According to him, Taraba state government and Netherlands based company, Dattco, have a joint modern cassava processing factory in Jalingo, constructed and commissioned by his administration.
The Asphalt plant he said was designed and installed by Farm-Trac Nigerian Limited with duty quarry equipment and computerized asphalt boilers supplied by Parker of Britain.
According to Suntai, the plant has the capacity of producing 100 tones of various grades of stone chips per hour.
When the plant is fully operational at the installed capacity, about N8 million daily is being expected as revenue from the sale of its products to road and building construction firms, individuals an the governments.
In his address, the Commissioner for Works and Housing and Transport, Mr. David Tikon described the coming of the plant as timely in view of the high demand from the products.
According to him, the company is fully commercialized and is totally free from ministerial control, adding that the expatriates, who saw to the realization of the plant have been retained to run the plant for a certain time when local experts may be able to run the company.