Ortom reacts to allegation he’s building ethanol-producing company

Samuel Ortom

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday denied building any ethanol producing company in the state.

Ortom made the clarification when he visited Pure Biotech Company Limited at Tyo-Mo, a settlement in Makurdi, the state capital.

He said that he had nothing to do with the company and was surprised to hear about its existence.

The governor disclosed that a friend notified him about the company and how some people were speculating that he was the owner of the company.

He said that with his visit and the explanation offered by the company’s representative Stephen Numbeve it was clear that he had nothing to do with it.

Ortom also accepted the apology from the company for not following the laid-down government procedures to acquire and develop the land and urged them to immediately rectify it.

He also urged the management of the firm to immediately erect a signpost to educate the people about its activities.

Ortom charged the host community to provide security for the facility, even as he directed security agencies to provide surveillance and patrols to encourage more investors to the state.

He called on private investors within and outside the country to explore the investment opportunities available in Benue.

The governor said that the company would provide job opportunities for youths in the state thereby reducing insecurity.

Numbeve said the company when completed would employ no fewer than 2,500 persons.

He said the company acquired 25.4 hectares of land for the construction of the company in November 2020, adding that work on the site commenced in January.