Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State has resuscitated the Damaturu Woven Sacks Factory which was closed down eight years ago due to operational challenges.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that as part of Mr Buni’s effort towards creating jobs and diversifying Yobe’s economy, the governor has revived three hitherto moribund factories in four months of his administration.
The other factories so revived by the governor include the Yobe Flour & Feed Mill, Potiskum and the Yobe Aluminium Company.
Speaking with newsmen recently, the General Manager of the factory, Shuaibu Gadaka, disclosed that old and moribund equipment in the factory had been replaced with new ones while others were overhauled for improved productivity.
Mr Gadaka assured that in the next two weeks, all the raw materials needed for the production of all kinds of woven sacks would be supplied.
According to the general-manager, the resuscitation of the factory followed the release of N78.7 million approved by Governor Buni for the purchase of the new equipment after he visited the factory in July 2019.
“Right now, G.T line known as extruder or producing unit, hangers, looms or woven machines, sack lamination machine, belling machine, four colour producing machine and control penal of the factory are all functional and ready for production,” Mr Gadaka said.
The general-manager disclosed that the governor had equally provided a new digital 500KVA electric power generating set for the factory.
He added that the factory had also been connected to the national grid with the new 500KVA capacity transformer installed at the factory.
Mr Gadaka commended Governor Buni for resuscitating state-owned industries, saying this would support employment generation and enhance revenue generation in the state.
He said as an agrarian state, the Yobe’s woven sack factory would work towards meeting the woven needs of the farmers in the state and even beyond.
According to him, the factory will also meet the demands of Yobe flour mills and Gujba fertilizer blending plant.