Gov Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State said on Wednesday that the state government would allocate 60, 000 hectares for the setting up of two industries by Dangote Group and the Flour Mills of Nigeria in Doma and Wamba communities.
The governor told members of the state Councillors Forum who visited him in Lafia, that he had directed officials of the state Ministry for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, and that of Lands, to visit Lagos on Friday to facilitate the signing of agreements with the two companies.
He said that the directive to the ministries was to fast track the process and encourage the companies to commence action on the projects.
He explained that Dangote Group will acquire 50, 000 hectares of land to set up rice plants in Doma while Flour Mills of Nigeria Plc will also acquire 10, 000 hectares to set up cassava processing plant in Wamba Local Government Area.
Sule told the Councillors that it was necessary for them to initiate ideas on how to generate revenue for the 13 local government areas to become buoyant and move beyond just paying salaries.
The governor described the state among the most disadvantaged in terms of federal subvention and internally generated revenue, in spite of its huge debt burden.