Benue State Government yesterday donated four hectares of land for the National Waste to Wealth Programme in the North-Central Zone.
Speaking while handing over the land located along Makurdi-Naka Road to the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Governor Samuel Ortom said the donation was part of the state government’s contribution to the success of the programme.
Ortom said Benue was lucky to be chosen for the flag-off of the programme in the geopolitical zone and assured the Federal Government of his administration’s willingness to completely key into it.
He said as a state endowed in agriculture and natural resources, the choice of Benue for the flag-off was not misplaced and described the project as a good source of intervention as Nigeria battles economic recession.
Responding, the representative of the Minister, the Director of Science and Technology Promotion in the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, Mr Ekanem Udo, said the land donated by Benue was the biggest among those so far given by states.
Udo also said the ministry was happy that request for the land was granted without delay and assured the governor that the project would attract more investments to Benue.
Udo later told journalists in an interview that the Waste to Wealth Programme would generate 100 immediate jobs and have a multiplier effect in the long run as implementation of the various aspects of waste management begins.
The state commissioner for Science and Technology, Professor Dennis Ityavyar, had explained at the site that as soon as the governor directed that land should be made available for the programme, it was done exactly so.