Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State has pledged to complete the economic em-powerment programmes initiated by his predecessor, Mr Adams Oshiomhole, in the next four years.
Receiving the management team of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Benin branch on Thursday, the governor lauded the Anchor Borrowers’ Initiative of the Federal Gov-ernment and expressed the state government’s support for it.
He assured the people that his administration would continue the economic revolution started by Oshiomhole to generate jobs for the youth in the state.
Obaseki noted that Edo’s strategic position would enable the state execute the eco-nomic reinvigoration projected and thanked the CBN team for providing the enabling environment for the micro-medium enterprise scheme to thrive, which the state bene-fited from.
He revealed plans to link infrastructure to the scheme and build rural roads in areas where farms are located to help farmers transport crops like cassava, especially during the rainy season.
According to him, “There are very few states that are positioned like Edo to grow rapidly in economy. We will do so as long as we have a stable, political and social environ-ment. We are one state that has the benefits of hydrocarbon assets, oil and gas as well as phenomenal agriculture potentials. With these attributes, we can drive our economy significantly, provided the necessary conditions are in place”.
On his part, The leader of the Central Bank delegation to Government House, Mr Ren-ner Jumbo, expressed the readiness of the bank to partner state government in its plans to develop the state and appreciated the state government’s partnership with the bank in the area of Micro-small-medium enterprise.
Mr Jumbo also noted that the bank was collaborating with the Edo State government in the area of Anchor borrowers programme scheme.