by Christiana Gokyo, Jos
A Jos-based investor and entrepreneur, Mr. Ellio Faddoul, of Derby Farming and Agro Allied located at Lamingo Jos, Plateau State, has said, plans are being concluded to soon commence the production and export of flowers to Europe.
Mr. Faddoul was speaking when he paid a visit to the Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, when he stated that, his farm has trained and hired experts from within the country and Kenya to ensure that it achieved its goal within the shortest possible time.
He pointed out that, he was at the Government House to also appreciate Governor Lalong for his efforts towards restoring peace and security in the State, which has made it possible for his company to remain in the State, even against pressure to relocate, based on unpalatable (in)security experiences of the past.
He said the company has not only remained, but has expanded, especially with the production of exotic fruits and the venture into flower production, which is in high demand in Europe and other parts of the world; and said, over 100 workers are now employed in the farm alone.
Mr. Faddoul also informed the governor that his company has also convinced the Management of Dominos Pizza to establish an outlet in Jos, saying, construction is about to start.
Responding, Governor Lalong appreciated the entrepreneur for his resilience in sustaining the family business in Jos after the demise of his father, who stayed and invested in Plateau State for many years.
He said, the initiative to begin flower export was in line with his vision for boosting the economy of the State by returning to businesses that Plateau State was renowned for in the 60s, 70s, and 70s.
The governor emphasized that Plateau was the only State in Nigeria that exported flowers and other exotic fruits because of its natural climate and weather conditions. This he said was behind his visit to Kenya last year.
He informed Faddoul that President Muhammadu Buhari has already approved the designation of the Yakubu Gowon Airport, Heipang, as one of Nigeria’s cargo airports, and work will soon commence its upgrade.
Lalong assured the businessman that the State Government will continue to provide conducive environment for investors to do business and assist in reducing unemployment and joblessness.