BENUE seeks SMEDAN’S partnership

The Governor of Benue State, Samuel Ortom, yesterday solicited partnership with the management of the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) in order to empower the citizens of the state economically.
He spoke when the Director-General and Chief Executive Officer of the agency, Alhaji Bature Umar Masari, led directors to pay him a courtesy call at the Governor’s Lodge, Abuja.
He said the times dictated that leaders must think outside the box to create massive employment, wealth and opportunities.
He said: “It’s only when the private sector comes in form of micro, small and medium enterprises that we can surmount challenges of poverty and unemployment because government at all levels cannot provide the needed jobs.
“My administration will be working closely with your agency so as to be able to tap the opportunities that we have in SMEDAN to be able to support our people to empower themselves economically.”
The governor requested a position paper and details on areas of the partnership as soon as possible.
“I worked with you in the Ministry, therefore my people are looking up to me to unveil a comprehensive programme in this area,” he stressed.
Responding, Masari assured that the agency would launch its programmes in Benue State.
He said: “We’re willing and ready to partner with you so that we can help your government attain its target of poverty reduction and developing its economy.
“Benue is a state that is hugely blessed and we’re willing to tap the resources and talents in transforming the potentials into economic benefits.”
He expressed optimism that with Ortom’s background and experience, he would steer the state in the right direction.
Masari presented copies of the Federal Government’s Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises policy to Governor Ortom.

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