By: Abdullahi Faruk, Birnin Kebbi
The pioneer Flour Mill in Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States has commenced production in Birnin Kebbi, the Kebbi State Capital.
The firm was established by the Kebbi State Government under Gov. Bagudu’s administration.
This came to the fore on Thursday when Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu visited the company to assess its operational production.
The governor was taken round various sections of the factory by former Commissioner of Agriculture, Barrister Attahiru Maccido accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Joel Aiki and the Chief engineer of the mill, Engr. Musa Kudu from Nasarawa State.
He said that his administration initiated the project to transform the industrial ecosystem in the state and the country in general.
Senator Bagudu, who is also the Vice Chairman of the National Food Security Council said that the firm was made real by the laudable and commendable efforts of the State Ministry of Agriculture and Wheat Farmers Association.
Equally, he is also the Chairman of the Presidential Taskforce on Wheat and Rice Production noted that Kebbi State and Nigeria were becoming increasingly becoming important players in wheat production.
According to Gov. Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, the firm would add value to the economy of the state and that of the country.
He also expressed delight that it was commencing operational production with just about two weeks to the beginning of the Ramadan fast.
He extolled President Muhammadu Buhari for raising the consciousness of Nigerians on producing what they eat.
He also expressed optimism that the duo of President-elect, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Senator Kashim Shetima will sustain the feat.
The Plant Engineer, Ayuba Musa Kudu had earlier told the Governor that the initial installed capacity of the Compact Milling System is 1,800 kgs or 18 tonnes per hour.
He said that it can produce semolina, “burabusco” and wheat bran that is used as animal feeds.
The former Commissioner of Agriculture, Barrister Attahiru Maccido gave glad tidings that the Wheat produced by farmers and other parts of the places would be purchased as raw materials by the company which according to him would increase their profit margin.
He emphasized that the quality of the various flour produced by the mill was of high quality, competitive on the international market, saying that the company also has an objective to export its products to other African countries.
The permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture, Mr. Joel Aiki expressed immense happiness over the development.
He commended Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu for his robust effort and zeal to industrialized the State particularly with installation of the State of art machines in the factory.