The project will improve the country’s products to international standard

UNIDO country representative in Nigeria, Dr. Patrick Kormawa, on Monday in Abuja, said the agency would build a cassava processing plant in Oyo State.  

Kormawa said the project was concentrated on one of the key value chains of cassava processing and drying. He said the agency is also working at improving the standard of the country’s products in order to stand out in the international market.  

“We have ongoing projects in Oyo State, where we are helping the location in that state to develop a cassava processing plant mainly focused on the major problem in cassava processing which is drying… and this is a project we are doing in partnership with the Japanese government,” he said. 

“We also have a regional project here in Nigeria, which is called the West Africa Quality Programme. Nigeria is a member of that project and we are helping to develop laboratories that will test Nigerian products so that they can enter into the international market.”

Kormawa said UNIDO was interested in assisting countries that are willing to reduce poverty by sustainable industrialisation and job creation. 

He said the Ebonyi State government displayed the same attitude, a move that brought about the inauguration of some UNIDO-assisted projects in the state.

He said the projects included, the Abakaliki Power Plant, the UNIDO Efficient Rice Mill, ICT Graduate Entrepreneurship Training, Gasification Plant, Village Solar Lighting, and Salt Processing. 

UNIDO and the Ebonyi government, on April 20 signed a new Memorandum of Understanding to replace that of 2007. 

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