Written by Scholastica JOSEPH

Ortom Says No More Civil Jobs For Benue Indigenes

Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has advised indigenes to take advantage of opportunities in financial institutions and access funds for commercial and agricultural businesses, saying there are no more white collar jobs.

Ortom made the remarks in Makurdi while commissioning Benysta Microfinance Bank, established by Arch. Asema Achado.

The governor said the country is going through harsh economic experience and as such everyone, especially, young graduates, must sit up and turn the situation for good because "there are no white collar jobs at all levels of government".

"The right way to go is to turn to the private sector. Our people should go into small and medium enterprises, agriculture, solid minerals and other commercial activities. As a government, we cannot go into business ventures but we want our people to be entrepreneurs so that they can make a living without depending on government".

Ortom who thanked Mr. Achado for bringing the banking services closer to the people also commended him for keying into his vision of providing an enabling environment for business to thrive in the state.

While he urged Benue people to take advantage of the opportunities in Bank of Industry, BoI, and NEXIM Bank to start and grow their businesses, the governor stated that Benysta Microfinance Bank is another platform for an average Benue man to access funds to do business.

Earlier, Arch. Asema Achado, CEO of Benysta, said the bank hopes to provide N200 million credit facilities to businesses and civil servants in the state.

He said the bank would provide several benefits to the people including access to micro credit facilities which had been hitherto inaccessible by most Benue indigenes especially farmers and small business people.

He expressed regrets that there were large markets in the state where transactions in commodities involving huge cash deposits on daily basis but there were no access to banking services.

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