<< By Terver Akase >>
Entrepreneurs in Benue State who have been awaiting the commencement of the process for the disbursement of the N3 billion loans, a partnership between the State Government and Bank of Industry, BOI and Central Bank of Nigeria will wait no longer.
This is because arrangements have been concluded for the process to begin next week.
Governor Samuel Ortom made this known in Wannune, Tarka local government area during the burial of retired judge, Kehem Dajoh, elder brother of Senator George Akume.
He said the empowerment of the people through micro, small and medium scale industries is part of his administration’s job creation policy.
The Governor who was accompanied to the burial by his wife, Dr Eunice and the Deputy Governor, Engineer Benson Abounu and other members of the State Executive Council, urged young people in the state in particular to take advantage of the loans which are to be given to beneficiaries at only 5% to enable them engage in useful ventures.
He said the decision of his administration to wave its 5% of the interest from the loan is a deliberate way of assisting the people of the state to engage in self-sustaining business activities especially in agriculture.
Governor Ortom who extolled the qualities of the late Pa Kehem Dajoh as a man who upheld the values of justice, integrity and humility, urged Christians to always do things for which they would want to be remembered.
Speaking earlier, Senator Akume described the death of Pa Kehem as a big loss to the entire family. He consoled other members of the Dajoh family to take solace in the fact that their late brother, uncle, father and husband lived a life worthy of emulation.
Other speakers at the event included Chairman, Christian Association of Nigeria, Rev. Akpen Leva and former Ambassador of Nigeria to Cote d’Iviore, elder Dennis Ukume.