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NDDC To Revamp Elele Rice Mill In Rivers State

By Grace Samuel

As part of efforts towards food security, the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), says it will revamp the moribund rice mill at Elele Alimini in Emohua local government area of Rivers State.

NDDC Executive Director on Projects, Sir Victor Antai, announced this during a visit to the factory recently, saying the move is to promote food security in the Niger Delta region.

In a statement by the NDDC Director of Corporate Affairs, Pius Ughakpoteni, on Thursday, Antai expressed optimism that when revitalized, the factory will create employment opportunities for the youth.

He explained that the rice mill was established as part of NDDC’s industrialisation strategies.

Antai emphasised the need to connect the rice mill to a dedicated power line from a power injection station to guarantee steady power supply to the facility and reduce the cost of production.

The statement read in part: “I want to thank the NDDC for building the rice mill. It is a gigantic project, the biggest in the Niger Delta Region. We went into a partnership with the Elephant Group. Unfortunately, they stopped production in 2022.

“We decided to visit the facility to know why they stopped production and to also look for the possible ways of bringing it back to production again.

“The NDDC has to meet its mandate of food security in consonance with the drive of the Managing Director, Dr. Samuel Ogbuku, who is determined to create employment for the teeming youths of the region.

“In no time, the MD and management will decide on how best to handle this facility and get it up and running.”


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