Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom has spoken highly about his recent visit to China and gains of the trip to the state.
The Governor who returned from the business and investment forum in China yesterday said the visit enabled the government to sign several Memorandum of Understanding (MoUs) with reputable Chinese companies.
“While we were there we were able to meet with several business communities and sign several MOUs and we agreed also on partnership between our cities especially Makurdi city and a city in China.
“We also agreed on how we can transfer technology to our people. We also agreed on how we can make the untapped resources that are here in Nigeria to be opened up by the Chinese business community who are quite advanced in terms of technology in developing agriculture, in developing mining, in developing other untapped resources that we have here.” Ortom said.
When asked when his efforts would materialise, considering that it was his forth visit to China since assuming office as Governor, Ortom pleaded for patience, saying getting investors was going to take some time but was optimistic that his visits will yield results.
He siad: “Look, these things are not a one day business, it’s a process. One, we have visited and they will come here. You have been seing Chinese delegations coming here and doing there due diligence.
“Right now as I talk to you, due diligence has been done in industrial layout. As I talk to you, we have signed MOU with companies in China in agriculture, in solid Minerals and so on.
“So, we have done these visits and we are expecting a payback visit from some of these investors. It’s a continuous process because some of them cannot materialize during the tenure of my administration.”
Governor Ortom’s two year old administration has signed over 20 MoUs with several Chinese companies which are yet to materialise into any tangible programmes or projects in the state.