Jos-Plateau State government, Governor Simon Lalong has finally executed and approves N3bn reacquisition of Barc farms, a subsidiaries of the State-owned Jos International Breweries, formerly sold to a private farmer 24 years ago by the previous government of the state.
Mr. Dan Manjang, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to Plateau State Government, Governor Simon Lalong, disclosed that the N3billion was agreed, signed, sealed and delivered after several months of bargaining and negotiations from the state government and with the buyer of the facility.
“The facility is very crucial to our agricultural revolution programme; that is why we approached the buyer, who agreed to re-sell it back to us.
“The farm has more than 5,000 hectares for agricultural investments; the Plateau people were not happy when it was sold out, so we had to buy it back because it is a major asset”.
Mr. Dan Manjang, further expressed the state government’s readiness to right the wrongs of preceding administrations, that government would always be guided by the interest of the state and its people.
That the state scheme known and described as Plateau State Small and Medium Scale Enterprises Development Agency in conjunction with Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) trained and empowered youths with 2,889 jobs created.
That the youths were equipped and empowered in various skills as part of measures to turn creates jobs for the youths.
Plateau state government paid N2 billion to access another N2 billion facility from the Federal Government to ease access to credit facilities by the trainees.
Mr. Dan Manjang said as follows:
“By the time the local governments are through with their training, there will be 3,400 youths ready to start their businesses and create more jobs toward a better Plateau.”
“We assessed some of the uncompleted projects and found that they had direct bearing on the lives of the people, so we opted to complete them; what matters is the welfare of the people, not who initiated any project.”
“We expect the lecturers back in 2018. Their presence will boost the quality of manpower and ensure speedier accreditation to programmes awaiting such endorsement,”
“A German firm has just completed an audit of equipment at the Jos International Breweries preparatory to reviving the firm; we expect the machines there to roar back to life `very soon”, he said. The official restated government’s commitment to cattle ranching, and described the policy as the best way of rearing cattle globally.
“The bill for ranching has been knocked off at the federal level, but we still encourage people to embrace ranching because its benefits are numerous.
“Aside healthier cattle, the milk production will be higher, while youths used as herders will be freed to go to school and be more productive. “Above all, ranching shall minimise the clashes between farmers and herdsmen because cows will be restricted to one space, which checks the possibility of straying into farms.”
The reacquisition of the Barc farm by the Plateau state government receives commendations from the youths of the states stating that the interest of the Plateau people, youth and the state should be of priority rather than individual interest.