Saturday, 28 January 2017


The economic programme of the Benue State Government hosted by AidTrade Foundation has ended in Cape Town, South Africa.

The Benue delegation led by Governor Samuel Ortom met earlier today and reviewed the visit. Below are highpoints of the session:

1. The team agreed that programmes of the State Government must seek to create jobs for the youths and address unemployment generally

2. The team resolved that benefits of the trip would be leveraged upon to impact positively on the economy of the state

3. Pilot sectors to drive the Benue economy in partnership with local and foreign investors include agriculture, mining, aquaculture, health and education

4. Investors in agriculture, mining and aquaculture are expected to arrive the state next month

5. There will be youth summits (aimed at skill acquisition) in the three senatorial zones of the state

6. The Ortom administration will intensify awareness creation among the people on its programmes and policies. Town hall meetings will be held in the 23 local government areas of the state in March this year

7. Members of the state delegation commended Governor Ortom for providing proactive and selfless leadership. They took turns to reaffirm their commitment to the Benue project and once more thanked the Governor for the opportunity given them to serve.

8. The session ended with prayers for Benue State and Nigeria at large.

By Terver Akase

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