Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom is to partner the United Nations Industrial Development Organization, UNIDO for enhanced trading activities and economic benefits.
To demonstrate the commitment of the State Government, Governor Samuel Ortom today in Abuja, paid a courtesy visit on Mr. Jean Bakole, UNIDO Representative to the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS and Regional Director, Nigeria Regional Hub.
He stated during the visit that as a former Minister of State for Industry, Trade and Investment, he is aware of the technical support and assistance UNIDO had offered to the development of the country, saying his administration would collaborate with the organisation to add value to various sectors of the state.
The Governor noted that Benue has comparative advantage in agriculture and would tap from UNIDO’S wealth of expertise to promote agribusiness, agro-processing and electricity generation through renewable energy.
Mr. Jean Bakole in a remark, acknowledged the contributions of Governor Ortom to the development of a country programme between UNIDO and the Federal Government of Nigeria, while he served as Minister.
He explained that the programme which was signed in 2018 has among other components – building trade capacity, Special Agronomy Zones and Industrial Park Development, Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development.
Governor Ortom was accompanied on the visit by Commissioner for Finance, Dr. David Olofu, Director General Budget and Economic Planning Dr. Sam Onum, Principal Private Secretary to the Governor Mr. Stephen Amase, Chief Press Secretary Mr. Terver Akase, Principal Special Assistant on Special Duties, Abrahams Kwaghngu as well as Senior Special Assistant on Abuja Liaison Baba Acka.