Governor Samuel Ortom yesterday in Washington, United States of America, assured prospective investors in Benue State that the government would guarantee the safety of their investments.
He gave the assurance during separate meetings with groups of investors.
They included Altek Mainland Holdings Limited, Efatab Global and Foundation, African Community Bridge Foundation and Baker International.
Governor Ortom stated that Benue was virtually a virgin land with abundant opportunities for investment in the exploitation of its resources in agriculture, solid minerals, culture and tourism, provision of critical infrastructure in the health, education, water, housing and other sectors.
He invited the groups to visit the state and assess the situation as well as meet with professionals in the various sectors who would provide answers to their enquiries.
According to him the current global best practices dictated public private partnerships to drive economies and pledged the resolves of the state government to provide a conducive environment for investments to thrive in the state so as to create massive jobs, wealth and opportunities.
He said one of the five pillars of his agenda included the empowerment of women, youths and people with disabilities stressing that government alone could not do it hence the need to collaborate with the private sector, other tiers of government as well as the international community.
The Governor stated that his administration had zero tolerance for corruption and that no government official would ask for bribes before, during, and after business deals.
Chief Executives of the various groups who spoke including Karl Dixon, Abolaji Tijani Abayomi, George O’Neill, and Oge Nwosu, for Altek, Efatab, and Baker respectively indicated interest to invest in the housing sector particularly in pre-cast housing solutions.
They stated that their investments were targeted at providing cheap, affordable and durable mass housing estates for different categories of people in the state.
Others indicated interest in investing in solid minerals, agriculture and the health sector.
Mrs. Oge Nwosu, President of the African Bridge Foundation, disclosed that her organization was already involved with the provision of skills acquisition at the Entrepreneurship Development Centre for the North Central Zone in Makurdi and requested support to surmount existing challenges.
The Governor’s wife, Mrs. Eunice Erdoo Ortom, his Principal Private Assistant, Dr. Tavershima Adyorough, Special Advisers of International Development, MDGs, and NEPAD, Dr. Magdalyne Dura, and Media and ICT, Mr. Tahav Agerzua, also attended the meetings.