By Oladipupo Mojeed
The Fertilizer Blending Plant in Auchi area of Etsako West Local Government of Edo State is set to become functional before the end of June, 2017.
Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State gave this assurance after receiving reports from Ayodele Ejaoye, the General Manager of the Technical Company managing the fertilizer plant.
Consequent upon his inspection of facilities and work progress on the Fertilizer Blending Plant on Thursday, it has emerged that the plant will be operational by the end of June, this year.
Ejaoye also said that the blending plant could produce about 55.000 metric tonnes of fertilizer per year.
He noted that with the progress of work and the facilities on ground, the plant could be test run by June 10, after which full production would begin.
He also added that the plant would employ about 120 direct and indirect workers when it became operational.
“I am quite impressed with the progress of work here because if you compared the situation now to what we met about two and half months ago, when we came here first, you’d find that there is significant difference,” the governor said.
Inputs of the technical partners
The governor also revealed that Edo State has been able to get the technical partners under the federal government fertilizer programme to start work at the site and they have made an investment to revamp the plant.
“The equipment have been tested and manufacturers were brought to fix the faulty parts. They are also constructing a new line to meet up with the specification of the federal government fertilizer programme.”
In addition, Governor Obaseki revealed that security had been beefed up in the location while office complexes had been fixed to ensure proper take-off of the facility.
Meanwhile, plans are in the works with the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to draw a dedicated 33KVA power line to the plant. A standby 500KVA generating set had also been refurbished and more plans were being made with the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) to increase power supply to the blending plant and other mining facilities in the locality.
Ejaoye also revealed that the plant will start commercial fertilizer production from June 20 this year and that it had a 7-ton/hour capacity.