My industrialization plan for Benue - LP guber candidate
The gubernatorial candidate of the Labour Party, LP, in Benue state, Dr Paul Angya, has said he will industrialize the state as a sure way of achieving structural transformation of the economy.
Angya, who spoke to The Abuja Inquirer in Makurdi, said the state needs industries for inclusive growth.
He decried the numerous moribund industries in the state, promising that if voted into office come 2019, he would resuscitate them to profitability.
He listed those for attention to include tomato processing company, Taraku mills, agro millers, Benue Bottling Company, Benue burnt bricks among others.
The LP flagbearer said the state requires a government which would take onboard the drivers, challenges and tradeoffs of industrialization and build them into the vision and route-map for action.
He expressed sadness that Benue's growth had been characterized by heavy reliance on white collar jobs (civil service) making other sectors redundant, hence the low revenue generation and low productivity across the state.
“The Benue pam processing plant is owned by the Benue state government and has capacity to produce 60 metric tonnes per day, but it is not functional.
“When LP comes on board such industries will be functional and at least, it will help curb post-harvest losses of farm produce and produce enough yam flour for local consumption, export and industrial use.”
Speaking on his manifesto called "The New Deal for Benue", Angya said it will focus on the key areas of human development namely education, agriculture, security, youth empowerment, infrastructure and health.
Angya, a trained lawyer, a security expert and a specialist in standardization and consumer protection laws, said his government would effectively tackle corruption and reduce cost of governance.