Former President Olusegun Obasanjo says Nigeria can no longer ignore the Mambilla Plateau if the country is serious to achieving greater economic development in the near future.
Obasanjo, who was on an inspection tour of Taraba, made this known in an interview with newsmen in Jalingo on Friday.
Obasanjo said he was in the state to assess some of the projects he started in the past in order to grow the economy of Taraba and the country at large.
According to Obasanjo, the Mambilla Plateau is a great resource that can promote the economic development of the nation.
He advised the Federal Government to continue with the Mambilla Hydro Power Project in order to tackle the energy challenge of the country.
“I sited the Mambilla Hydro Power Project on the plateau due to the great potential it has for electricity generation for the country.
“Nigeria must complete the project because the cost is getting higher by the day, and if we do not do it today, we must have to do it tomorrow,” he said.
Obasanjo said that the Kakara Tea Factory on the Mambilla plateau which was established when he was the military Head of State in the 1970’s must also be put to maximum use.
“We started so many things on the Mambilla plateau such as the tea factory, livestock, vegetable farms and rice farm in Gassol, among others, for the nation’s economic growth.
“I have come to the state to assess the state of those projects in order to advise the government of the day on how best to handle them,” he said.