The Rivers State Government has announced that operations will soon commence at the Cassava Processing Company at Afam, in Oyigbo Local Government Area of the state
Governor Nyesom Wike after inspecting the plant made this known to journalists Today. He equally noted that the company would employ 4,500 persons in the state. This will boost agriculture in the state, he stated. Wike said, the project, was in its last stage of completion, noting that the last administration abandoned the project after initiating it in 2012.
The Governor who was accompanied by other state executives confirmed that the project would have been commissioned this month if not for the COVID-19 pandemic which has negatively impacted the economy of the world. He declared that the state government has 70 percent equity share in the project which is in partnership with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) of Nigeria.
The governor, furthermore commended the management of the plant for what he termed fast-tracking the completion and the novel initiative that will use mobile machines to collect cassava from the farmers at their various clusters.
The Managing Director of the Rivers State Cassava Processing Company, Ruben Giesen in his remark commended the governor for the project.