Zulum directs upgrade at 5 Borno factories
By Sadiq Abubakar Maiduguri
Governor Babagana Umara Zulum of Borno state has directed an immediate upgrade of 5 factories currently operating at low production output in the state.
The factories include the NEITAL Shoes which processes animal skin to leather, and finished shoes and other four factories located at newly constructed industrial hub along Maiduguri-Damaturu. in which 16-chain of factories were installed. Most of them are for production of plastic irrigation equipment, other plastic products, and processing of variety of agricultural produce.
Zulum, who took a tour of the factories in Maiduguri on Monday evening said he was targeting at the resuscitation of nine factories that will operate at their maximum production output in the state during his tenure , 2019-2023.
There are 21 factory-projects in the State capital, some of which are either dormant, at take-off stage or at very low capacity utilization.
In a bid to take advantage of Borno’s geographical location with economic gateway to three countries, Zulum has intensified efforts to resuscitate ailing industries hitherto abandoned.
In May this year, the Governor, had after needs assessment of industries across the State, constituted a technical committee and charged it with resuscitation and full capacity utilization of all industries in the State.
The committee is under the leadership of Engr. Abatcha Jarawa, who is General Manager of Borno Plastic Company.
The Governor’s recent visit was to ascertain the level of work done by the Committee since its inauguration. At the NIETEL Shoe and Tenery Factory, Zulum directed complete resuscitation of the shoe processing section which was not in operation. The noted that a full operation of the company would create job opportunities to the teeming youth in the State.
At a Plastic factory, Zulum inspected part of over 3,000 school chairs already produced by Borno Plastic Company, for which the Governor expressed satisfaction with the quality of work carried out.
Zulum was also at the State plastic waste recycling company which works in full capacity.