Benue wants exportable products from Local Councils

By Aloysius Umalo, Makurdi

Farm products

The 23 Local Government Councils in Benue State have been directed to produce four exportable products within the first half of next year.

The idea is to reposition the State’s Agricultural Sector for optimal economic development.

The Governor, Samuel Ortom gave the directive while launching the first Benue Business Roundtable Forum tagged ‘Improving private sector output in Benue, by leveraging on the diversification agenda of the Nigerian and State government.’

Partnership with private sector
Governor Ortom said that “his government would not renege in its determination to partner with the private sector, which he explained has occupied the centre stage in the development project of the nation’s economy.’’

According to him, such mutual partnership may be the best option to drive national economy.

”The State has remained in the status quo of an agrarian, but non industrialised due to over reliance on revenue accruing to the state from the Federation account which is no longer sustainable,’’ the Governor stated.

Encouraging diversification
“We must look outside the box and encourage diversification which presents the most competitive and strategic option for our state in the face of developmental challenges,’’ he stressed.

“Due to the fall in oil revenue prices, Benue State will no longer pay lip service to agriculture.

“Government has entered into alliance with the private sector to promote public private partnership, (PPP) and the build, operate and transfer (BOT) arrangements in the various sectors,” the Governor added.

Benue State Commissioner for Trade, Industry and Investment, BECCIMA, Tersoor Kpelai said the forum was a collaborative effort between the state government and BECCIMA.

It was organised to enable the private sector participate more in the development of business in Benue State.

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