A 180 (one hundred and eighty) tons per day rice mill undertaken by the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, at Elele Alimini in Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers State is set for rehabilitation.
The mill was completed in 2010 but has not been put to effective use.
The Acting Managing Director, NDDC, Dr Mrs. Christy Atako announced this at a meeting between the partners on the project, the Rivers State Government and the contractors.
Dr Atako said that the commission has invested so much in the project and cannot afford to watch it waste.
“Besides the rice project is in accordance with Mr. President’s transformation agenda which emphasizes wealth and job creation through agriculture” she said.
She commended the Rivers State Government for its willingness to partner with the commission on the project and urged both the contractor and the commission’s directorate of agriculture to work out the details on the way forward.
“We have a rice mill founded on the strength of partnership, for us partnership is a way to maximize resources, minimize waste and eradicate duplication. We shall always leverage this in our development agenda.”
In his speech the Rivers State Commissioner for Agriculture represented by the Permanent Secretary Dr Emmanuel Hart commended the NDDC for its relentless efforts towards boosting agriculture in the state, recalling that the commission recently donated 100 tractors and accessories to the Rivers State Government, and pledge the readiness of the State Government to partner NDDC in putting the rice mill into effective use very soon.