Benue State and the Nigerian Export Import Bank, NEXIM, have pledged mutual cooperation to boost economic activities in the state.
Governor Samuel Ortom and Managing Director of the bank, Roberts Orya, made the disclosure when the Governor visited the management team of the financial institution today in Abuja.
“We shall create the enabling environment for the private sector to thrive in our state and collaborate with you by encouraging our indigenes to do business with you and monitoring them to ensure that repayments are made as at when due,” the Governor said.
The way to go and be able to get out of the woods is to promote public private partnership to industrialize, encourage micro, small and medium scale enterprises, commercial and trading activities as well as investment, he stressed.
According to him these were the strong points for which his administration had passion to boost massive jobs, wealth and opportunities for unemployed youths in the state.
Governor Ortom stated that he was proud that Orya was a good ambassador of the state and Nigeria and commended the management of the bank for adding value to the economic development of the country.
Earlier, the Managing Director had disclosed that the bank had disbursed over four billion naira as intervention to businesses in Benue State with the lion share going into food processing.
He listed areas of intervention as agriculture, manufacturing, solid minerals, and services such as hospitality, tourism, transportation, as well as the entertainment industry.
“Nexim is desirous of deepening our collaboration with the state particularly in agro-processing,” he stated.
“We plan to hold our next quarterly Exporter Enlightenment Program where we can give a lot of information to our exporters, in Benue State.”
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