Taraba State governor, Darius Ishaku has said in view of the economic recession, his state has diversified into tomatoes, rice and tea production.
The governor dismissed insinuations that recent trip of Nigerian governors to Germany, was a jamboree.
Speaking to State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa noted that Taraba is known for agriculture, mining, tourism and all things are working and his administration is working assiduously to make sure that they start running and not walking .
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari has set the course by diversification and Taraba is working on diversification.
He said, “Our problem is finance but we are doing our best in spite of the financial crunch and very soon we will start to get one or two of the plants or industries that were otherwise closed down, vandalized and looted completely. We want to start them going and that is why going to Germany was very useful to me.
“Already, we have started the green house project which Israelis are building for us and we are going to be bringing in tomatoes here.
“By January, you will see fresh tomatoes made in Taraba. Taraba rice is working but we are working on a bigger one. We are working on other fields as the corn and we are working and making sure that we have a lot of plantation. Of course, the Highland tea.
“I have just come from India, Dazley, where they are planting tea. We should be able to work on the tea so that the whole Island will be filled with tea. Our tea is registered as the second best in the world after Sri Lanka.”
On the Mambilla power project, the governor said the project would soon come on stream.
“By the grace of God it will soon start. We are working hard toward its commencement and that will add 3050 megawatts to the grid and help the country in power requirements. It is one of the things that we will have to work seriously to make sure that the power shortage is stopped in the country”, he said.
On the outcome of the governor trip to Germany, he said it was also important to let the outside world who hitherto held the impression that Nigeria was not safe because of insecurity to know that reverse was the case.
He said, “The outcome was very nice. I am expecting some of the investors by next week. They will be here. Actually they should have come on the 28th but I had to travel out of the country.
He further explained that the investors are coming next week and three of them are already promising .
One of them is going to help us in the establishment of a vocational training center, skills acquisition centre in the state and you can bear me out that with the magnitude of the hydro pressure coming we need a lot of skilled manpower, even unskilled but trained, those that are trained to be able to handle the job.
“The trip wasn’t a jamboree. My view is that it was a very extremely good trip because there was more than 200 investors who came and are eager to come to the country but they have fears.
“Some have fears of security, some feel that even the Boko Haram you are talking is happening in Abuja. Some feel that the Niger Delta you are talking about is in Abuja,” he stated.