Wednesday, 9 December 2015

Benue Woos Indonesian Investors

Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom, yesterday visited the Indonesian ambassador to Nigeria, Harry Purwanto, and requested investors from that country to explore investment opportunities in the state.

He said the state had comparative and competitive advantages in agriculture, solid minerals, culture and tourism while his administration had created an enabling environment by boosting the security of lives and properties in the state.

According to him, his priorities include the creation of massive jobs, wealth and opportunities through industrialisation, micro, small and medium-scale enterprises as well as promotion of commercial and investment activities.

Governor Ortom stated that the state is willing to collaborate with local and foreign investors through public-private partnership and invited the ambassador and his team to visit the state to see things for themselves.

He said the state is particularly interested in partnering with investors in the establishment of Industrial Parks and hoped to find such among Indonesians.

In his response, Ambassador Purwanto stated that over 20 Indonesian companies were already established and doing well in Nigeria and that he would encourage them to explore investment opportunities in Benue State.

He said his country which has a population of 250 million spread over 17, 000 islands has similarities with Nigeria, more so that they are both developing countries and as such, they should partner with one another.

The ambassador promised to find time to visit Benue State and also invited the governor to visit Indonesia.

He presented souvenirs to the governor, stressing that his country encourages one-on-one engagement much more than through media platforms.

Earlier in the day, Governor Ortom visited his Plateau State counterpart, Governor Simon Lalong, at the New Government House, Jos, and was conducted round the premises.

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