By: Ede Ogaba
Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has assured a group of investors from the Republic of Ukraine of the cooperation and full support of the Benue state government in their drive to invest in and do business in the state.
The trade and investment delegation which was in the state to explore areas of business investment visited Governor Ortom at the Benue Peoples House, Makurdi, today.
Represented by his deputy, Engr. Benson Abounu, Governor Ortom told the delegation led by a former acting Ukrainian ambassador to Nigeria, Mykola Samosvatov that the state government is keen on partnering with investors in key areas of the state economy, particularly agriculture and solid mineral development and promised to provide them the needed support and security for them to flourish.
He expressed the desire of the state to utilize the rich Owukpa coal deposit which he said is of the finest quality in the country to generate electricity and called on the team which had earlier stated their interest in the purchase of the coal to liaise with officials of the state ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment on the way forward.
Earlier, the facilitator of the trip to Nigeria, Bro Itodo Isaac Itodo disclosed that the team were in the state to explore possibilities of investing in the building of power generating plant, purchase of coal and provision of technical expertise in the building and maintenance of fertilizer blending plant, among others.
He praised the wisdom and the efforts of the state government at diversifying its economy and making agriculture and solid mineral development the engine room of its development.