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Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, today requested comprehensive briefing on the Entrepreneurship Development Center in Makurdi to enable his administration to key fully into its programs.
He made the request when the management of the Makurdi branch of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, paid a courtesy call on him at the Benue Peoples House.
Branch Controller, Alhaji Abba Baba Titiwu, led the delegation.
Governor Ortom directed commissioners of Finance and Education as well as the State Head of Service to liaise with the management of the center so that the state could develop a strategy to engage with it fully for the benefit of its people.
He said he appreciated the bank for the bailout which the state has accessed, its initiative of engaging youths in skills acquisition training programs and granting of loans to micro finance institutions in the state.
Governor Ortom directed the Bureau for Land and Survey to find a piece of land for the bank and the Water Board to extend water supply to its premises.
Earlier, Alhaji Titiwu disclosed that since 2013 the center has trained 6, 052 youths in various skills acquisition areas while micro finance houses in the state got a total of N1 billion from the bank recently.
He listed lack of land on which to burn torn or expired notes and water at the branch as challenges and requested assistance.
Governor Ortom also received relief materials from the Tongyi Group, a Chinese firm which brought 200 bags of rice and 200 cartons of Indomie for those displaced by recent floods in the state.
He hosted a delegation from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation led by Jacob Mignouna, Senior Program Officer, Agricultural Development.
Addressing the group, Governor Ortom said his administration was willing to collaborate with development partners particularly those with capacity in processing, storage and marketing of primary agricultural products in the state.
He expressed happiness that the Foundation had the required expertise and capacity to fill the gaps.
Earlier, leader of the delegation, Mr Mignouna said they were in his office to seek partnership with his government to promote agriculture as it affected small scale farmers.