From Austine Tule, Makurdi
Former Governor of the Brazilian state of Paraná, Orlando Pessuti has promised to mobilize the Brazilian businesses community to collaborate with Benue State government to boost agriculture and entrepreneurship in the state.
Mr Pessuti who made the promise in Curitiba on Wednesday during a meeting with Benue state Governor Samuel Ortom and officials of a leading development bank in Brazil, also stated that the global economy is being run by the private sector, stressing that states in countries such as Nigeria which have chosen to promote entrepreneurship especially through agriculture are on the right path.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Terver Akase, coats Mr. Pessuti as saying that Governor Ortom’s decision to create the enabling environment for big and small enterprises would yield numerous positive results for Benue people.
According to the statement, the former Parana governor assured of his support in mobilizing members of the Brazilian business community to collaborate with Benue State, describing the Governor’s visit as timely and significant.
Responding, Governor Ortom said the fact that Benue is Food Basket of Nigeria while Paraná is the Food Basket of Brazil would strike a partnership which would be rewarding for people of the two states.
He emphasized that the bilateral relations between Benue and the Brazilian state would produce great results for their people and thanked the Paraná former leader for the encouraging words.
Governor Ortom also listed the various investment opportunities existing in Benue state to include hospitable populace, rich and arable land, as well as business – friendly environment.
He had earlier visited the headquarters of Sistema Oceptar, the umbrella organisation of cooperatives based in Curitiba where he held talks with officials of the group on ways Benue cooperatives could benefit from partnership with their counterparts in that state.
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