Ortom ethanol producing company: Gov denies ownership

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom on Monday denied building any ethanol producing company in the state.

Ortom made the clarification when he visited Pure Biotech Company Limited at Tyo-Mo, a settlement in Makurdi, the state capital.

Ortom ethanol producing company: Gov denies ownership

He said that he had nothing to do with the company and was surprised to hear about its existence.

The governor disclosed that a friend notified him about the company and how some people were speculating that he was the owner of the company.

He said that with his visit and the explanation offered by the company’s representative Stephen Numbeve it was clear that he had nothing to do with it.

Ortom also accepted the apology from the company for not following the laid-down government procedures to acquire and develop the land and urged them to immediately rectify it.

He also urged the management of the firm to immediately erect a signpost to educate the people about its activities.

Ortom charged the host community to provide security for the facility, even as he directed security agencies to provide surveillance and patrols to encourage more investors to the state.

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