BUSI­NESS Nexim Bank boss urges youths to ac­quire vo­ca­tional skills

Daily Trust - - SMES -

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of Nexim Bank, Mr Robert Orya, has ad­vised un­em­ployed youths in Benue State to take ad­van­tage of the En­tre­pre­neur­ial De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (EDC) there to ac­quire vo­ca­tional skills.

Orya gave the ad­vice on yes­ter­day in Makurdi as a guest speaker at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of a small and mi­cro fi­nance scheme and the pre­sen­ta­tion of N500 mil­lion cheques to ben­e­fi­cia­ries in Makurdi.

The Nexim boss said the state was en­dowed with nat­u­ral re­sources wait­ing to be tapped by en­trepreneurs.

He said the en­vi­ron­ment was con­ducive for in­vest­ment, ap­peal­ing to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the loans to utilise them in the ar­eas of poul­try, fish­eries, pig­gery and en­ter­tain­ment.

Orya chided youths for aban­don­ing the virtues of hard work and em­brac­ing beg­ging as a way of life. He as­sured that the mi­cro fi­nance scheme would boost so­cio-eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment of the state and re­duce poverty.

Orya said that given the right skills and ac­cess to cap­i­tal, small businesses would trans­form the state from its present sta­tus of be­ing the food bas­ket to be­com­ing the in­dus­trial hub of the na­tion.

He said that Nexim Bank was com­mit­ted to de­vel­op­ing agri­cul­ture, sci­ence and en­ter­tain­ment sec­tors of the econ­omy, ap­peal­ing to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of the scheme to utilise the loans ju­di­ciously.

Gover­nor Gabriel Suswam, in his speech, ap­pealed to the ben­e­fi­cia­ries not to con­sider the loans as govern­ment largesse, in­sist­ing that those who re­ceived the loan must re­pay. (NAN)

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