President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, on Friday inaugurated GB Foods Tomato Farming and Processing Factory at Ngaski Local Government Area of Kebbi State.

Commissioning the factory at Gafara village of Ngaski LGA, the president pledged to support both foreign and indigenous investors willing to invest in Nigeria.

This, according to him, is with a view to creating job opportunities for the teeming unemployed youths.

According to a Press Statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Kebbi State Governor, Ahmed Idris, the President, who was represented by the Minister of Agriculture, Sen. Abubakar Kyari, said: “This is what we need especially at this period, because it will create job opportunities for the youths.”

While commending the giant efforts of the company for the job opportunities created, the president assured the readiness of the federal government to assist the company to create more jobs for the teeming unemployed in the area.

He described the establishment of the factory as a support to the federal government’s determination to fight poverty, unemployment and insecurity.

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In his speech, the Kebbi State Governor, Comrade Dr Nasir Idris, Kauran Gwandu, lauded the efforts of the company for taking the bull by the horns.

He expressed appreciation that the project started during the reign of ex-Gov. Atiku Bagudu but completed during his tenure.

The governor assured the factory of an enabling environment to operate, adding that the state government was ready to partner with them to ensure that it operate to full capacity.

He said: “I am the most happiest person today, because the company is the biggest tomato processing factory so far. Therefore, we will give it the needed support and protection to succeed.”

Gov. Idris expressed appreciation that the company had the highest number of out growers “with a total of 3,335 out growers”.

The Minister of Information and National Orientation, Alhaji Muhammad Idris, appealed to other investors as well as wealthy individuals to emulate the giant effort of GB Foods towards addressing the menace of unemployment in the country.

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Earlier, the Director, Corporate Affairs of the company, Dr J. Teddy Ngu said GB Foods was cultivating over 1,000 hectres of farmland for the use of the company.

He explained that the factory had employed over 5,000 employees, adding that over 70 per cent of the employees were women.

The Director added that the factory had trained over 10,000 extension agents towards improving agricultural productivity in the country.

Those in attendance are Ministry of Budget and Economic Planning and the former Governor Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Senator Bala Ibn Allah, Secretary to the Kebbi State Government Alhaji Yakubu Bala-Tafida, Head of Service Alhaji Safiyanu Garba-Bena, Hon commissioner of Agriculture, Spain Ambassador to Nigeria Juan Sell, Former Deputy Governor and chairman Civil Service Commission Alhaji Bello Danteni, chairman Local Government service commission, Alhaji Mansur Sheahu, State APC chairman Abubakar kana Zuru, Hon.commissioner of Commerce and industry Usman Ladan Dakingari, Commissioner of Justice Junaidu Bello Mashall, Commissioner for Environment amongst others.

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