Governor of the State of Benue, Samuel Ortom sought the partnership of the United Kingdom and the State of Benue for the development of agriculture and the entire agricultural value chain.
Governor Ortom spoke at Benue Peoples House in Makurdi on Tuesday during a courtesy visit by the head of governance and security at the British High Commission, Sam Waldock.
He told Waldock that Benue is endowed with fertile arable land for the production of crops, tubers, fruit trees, vegetables, among others.
The governor expressed hope that the visit will facilitate the creation of a Benue-UK economic partnership to develop agriculture to enhance security and livelihood support in the state.
He said that in order to add value to agricultural development, his administration has built sesame cleaning factories, orange cleaning and packing factories, soybean cleaning factory and factories. Garri’s transformation in various parts of the state.
Governor Ortom also called on the UK government to push for more donor support for displaced people in north-central states and for the establishment of a north-central development commission, NCDC.
The governor also called on the UK government’s partnership to help with the resettlement of the displaced and the humanitarian crisis in the state.
On security, Governor Ortom told officials at the British High Commission that his administration was ready to partner with the British government to improve security around farming communities and step up peacebuilding initiatives.
Earlier, the head of government at the British High Commission, Sam Waldock, said his visit was aimed at sympathizing with citizens of the state over security concerns and to see how the British High Commission can team up to the good of the state.