Benue state Governor , Samuel Ortom who have been criticized for signing countless of MOUs on every of his visit to China without yielding any fruit has spoken on his bags of MOUs and how he actually wooed investors to the state that were chased out by herdsmen.
Ortom, who lamented on the attack on his farm by suspected herdsmen few weeks ago, said his administration was prepared to protect lives and properties of Benue people.
The governor who is seeking for a second term in office inspite of his poor performance and inability to pay workers in the state during an exclusive interview with PULSE in Makurdi on Sunday, January 20, 2019, Ortom put all the blames of his inability to at least complete companies on the security challenges in the state which he said was caused by herdsmen crisis. He said
“Several delegations of Chinese firms came to Benue and were interested in Taraku Mills ad establishing new industries because Benue state is endowed with agricultural produce and the value addition is very little,” Ortom began.
“As someone with the background in the public sector and haven served as a minister in the Federal Ministry of Trade and Industry, Trade and Investment, I believe that if we go into processing of agricultural produce, they will add value by providing jobs, creating opportunities and wealth.
“For me, I looked forward that there should be processing industries in the state but the challenge I have is that all the investors that we were able to woo into the state, the security problem sent them away. I think they are waiting for an improvement in the security situation so that they can come back.
“No one would want to bring his investment to where Fulani herdsmen would come and destroy it or be killed. That is a big challenge. The security challenge has brought a setback to the programmers and plans that we had for Benue state right from the inception of this administration.
“It is a great concern to me that when I go out, I see most of our youths moving around and asking for peanuts. I feel very sad because we should provide leadership that would create jobs for our young men to keep them busy,” he declared.