By Isaac Kertyo, Makurdi
Benue State Government has reiterated its commitment to create an enabling environment for industrialists to showcase their potentials to bring valuable contributions for the economic growth of the state.
The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi at the opening ceremony of the 4th Benue NASSI Agricultural Trade Fair 2019, organized by the Nigerian Association of small scale industrialists, Benue State Chapter.
Represented by the Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Merga Kachina, Ortom implored industrialists to access the Bank of Industry’s (BOI) Two Billion Naira loan to enable them enhance their businesses for faster development. “As a government ours is to provide an enabling environment for industrialists to thrive. Government has given loans to agro based industrialists for them to expand their businesses”.
He called on the people of Benue State to learn how to be self employed through entrepreneurship rather than depending on white collar jobs if they must better their lives, adding that it is worrisome that Benue People don’t take business seriously.
Anthony Shawon, the state chairman, Association of Local Governments of Nigeria (ALGON) Benue State, and chairman of Guma Local Government, the home town of Governor Samuel Ortom, assured that local government chairmen across the State would be encouraged to participate fully in the trade fair.
According to Shawon, there is need for the people of the state to engage in businesses particularly agriculture to avert imminent food security caused by the invasion of the state by suspected Fulani herdsmen in recent times.
Also speaking, the state chairperson of NASSI, Gladis Shaahu, explained that the trade fair was organized as a platform to showcase what Benue Small Scale Industrialists have in stock for the State – stressing that Benue has the capacity of feeding the entire West African Sub- region.