By Terver Akase –
Day two of the economic forum between Benue State Government and investors taking place in Cape Town, South Africa, centered on potentials of the state in mining and agriculture.
Governor Samuel Ortom opened discussions with a detailed presentation on areas the state has comparative advantage.
The Governor enumerated the various ways his administration is diversifying the economy of the state particularly through agriculture.
He said in addition to the collaboration with international organizations, his administration has embarked on a number of measures to make the business environment conducive for local and foreign investors.
Governor Ortom said the decision of the present administration to promote agricultural and mining activities would create more job opportunities for the people and boost the economy, saying that the state is blessed with deposits of different mineral resources.
Experts and investors present at the forum took turns to speak on what they hoped to do in the state to add value to the efforts already being made by the Ortom administration.
Mr Kriek Becker of AidTade Foundation, commended Governor Ortom for his vision to embrace agriculture at a time Nigeria is facing economic challenges. He assured the Governor that the investors who have shown interest in doing business in Benue would contribute in many significant ways to the growth of the state’s economy.
In separate speeches, Brett Johnson of The Institute, Agri All Africa’s Roderick Thyssen and Peter Bronsveld of AidTrade Foundation said Benue has the potential to feed not only Nigeria but the entire African continent.
They said the determination and commitment demonstrated by the Governor to turn around the economy of the state had increased their interest in the state.
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