The Sokoto State Government has set up a technical committee for the establishment of a new fertiliser plant to be established by Prime Gold Fertiliser and Chemical Company, an indigenous company based in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
Inaugurating the committee in Sokoto Tuesday, Secretary to the State Government, Professor Bashir Garba, said the project is of prime importance to the Governor Aminu Tambuwal administration which will do everything possible to ensure it comes to fruition.
He said the technical committee will study and appraise the proposal sent by Prime Gold towards ascertaining its credibility and feasibility while securing a fair deal for the state government under a public private partnership arrangement.
“The committee will also identify a suitable location for the setting of the proposed company, as well as determining the scope and equity participation of the Sokoto State Government,” the SSG said.
According to him, it will also recommend appropriate sources of project financing by the state in terms of the equity participation to be proposed to the government.
The committee, which has four weeks within which to submit its report, will be headed by the Commissioner for Solid Minerals and Natural Resources Development, Bello Goronyo.
Other members include Commissioner for Commerce, Aminu Bello Sokoto, Director-General of the state Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture, Sani Musa, representative of the state ministries of agriculture and justice, as well as representative of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC).