Thursday, 2 June 2016


The President and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the African Export–Import Bank (Afreximbank), Dr. Benedict Okey Oramah, has commended the Ortom administration for its efforts to salvage the economy of Benue State despite the current financial difficulties.

Dr Oramah gave the commendation during a cocktail party and command performance in his honour at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi.

He said Governor Samuel Ortom and his team have shown commitment to transparency and accountability as well as kept the promise to encourage public private partnership which has become a global trend in governance.

"Our observation convinces us that the present administration is serious and sincere to Benue people. We have made careful assessment and come to the conclusion that Governor Samuel Ortom is not paying lip service to issues of development affecting the state", he stated.

The Afreximbank President gave assurance that the organisation will assist Benue State in solving the economic problems affecting it to enable the state move away from the status of a raw materials producing area to a processing hub.

Speaking earlier, Governor Ortom thanked Afreximbank for showing interest in Benue, stating that the state has comparative advantage over other pasts of the country in agriculture and his administration will continue to explore the available opportunities to strengthen the economy of the state.

"We will continue to add value to the growth of Nigeria. We are drawing a business roadmap to create the enabling environment for the private sector to succeed. Government no longer has the capacity to drive business", he stressed.

Governor Ortom commended the immediate past Managing Director of Nigerian Export - Import Bank, NEXIM Bank, Mr Robert Orya for facilitating the visit of the Afreximbank delegation. He expressed optimism that the continental bank will not be disappointed in partnering the state in development.

By Terver Akase

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