BENUE State Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BECCIMA) has lauded the Federal Government for establishing cottage industries across all the Local Governments Areas (LGAs) in Nigeria
President of BECCIMA, Dr. Paul Ubwa, made the commendation at a news conference on Friday in Makurdi.
“It is a well-thought-out initiative by the Federal Government to set aside the sum of one trillion naira to establish cottage industries in each of the 774 LGAs in the country.
“This all-important news was disclosed by the Hon. Minister for Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs, George Akume.
“We the organised private sector in Benue express our sincere appreciation to the government of President Muhammadu Buhari for coming up with this unique initiative.
“The initiative is aimed at creating wealth for the common man,’’ he said.
According to him, the initiative when implemented will go a long way in eradicating poverty in Benue State and indeed Nigeria and the president’s name will be written in gold for posterity.
“In Benue state, we are hoping that in order to ensure stability, sustainability and longevity of the proposed cottage industries, each should be incorporated as a company with a Board of Directors.
“This should be made up of indigenes of the catchment area or host community.
“The plan will involve the local government council itself, traditional institutions, cooperative societies and associations, youth/women groups, existing entrepreneurs, traditional land owners and other interest groups.
“We are assured of and envisage the support of the Benue State government’’
Ubwa also appealed to the Federal Government and most especially, the Minister of Special Duties and Inter-Governmental Affairs to make Benue one of the pilot states for the take-off of the programme.
“On our part, we stand ready to co-operate with the ministry and other support agencies to ensure success and sustainability of the initiative,’’ he said.
– Apr. 16, 2021 @ 14:22 GMT