- Buys 10,000 bags of maize flour from Maiduguri Flour Mills.
- To support all ailing local industries in Northeast.
By Abdulkareem Haruna
The Northeast Development Commission (NEDC) has reaffirmed its commitment to revive local industries in Nigeria, especially in the northeast sub-region through direct patronage.
This laudable commitment was announced by the managing director of the Commission, Mohammed Goni-Alkali.
The MD made the disclosure recently while presenting food items and NFIs to the Borno State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA) for onward distribution to persons affected by the ongoing Boko Haram conflict.
The food items which include 10,000 bags of maize grain flour were presented to the Borno state government.
Mr Alkali announced that the maize flour was bought directly from the Maiduguri Flour Mills Limited. He said the idea of buying the maize flour from the indigenous flour mill was to assist the ailing company in bouncing back to business.
“The entire flours that we donated today were bought from the Maiduguri Flour Mills,” he said.
“This is to assist them in having operational working capital. It is just a test case; if this one works directly, we are going to give them more support. And this is not only for the Maiduguri Flour Mill, but any other local industry within the northeast region that is facing the problems of cash crunch.
“That was why we bought the 10,000 bags of flour from the Maiduguri Flour mill, and it is meant to enable them to resume and sustain production and improve their capacity because at this moment they are operating below capacity.
Confirming the development to The Humanitarian Times, the manager of
Maiduguri Flour Mills Engineer Mohammed Bukar said his company received a lifeline that recently gave it the impetus to resume production after a long period of downtime.
Engineer Bukar said the 10,000 bags of flour contract from NEDC did not only enable them to resume work but has also revived the company.