The Nigerian government has been called upon to dredge the River Benue in order to establish a Dry Sea Port as a deliberate plan to boost economic growth and enhance industrialisation.
The Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Christian Pilgrims Commission (NCPC), Rev. Tor Uja, who said this in Abuja, noted that, when completed, “the project would not only provide mass employment for the teaming unemployed youths but would also turn around the fortunes of the people of Benue and other neighbouring States like Kogi, Nasarawa and Taraba”.
“With the dredging of the river, the government should give us a dry sea port believing that in a short time the story of Benue will change,” he stated.
Rev. Uja further stated that, “At the completion of the project, it is expected that the people must utilize it effectively and develop the culture of investment.
“Our elite lack investment culture. They are short on investment initiatives but talk more, which never have positive effect on the citizens.
“The economic back born of Benue is from the rural communities who produce food and cash crops that are been allowed to rotten away for lack of industrialisation”.
National president of the Benue Journalists Forum, Mr. Saater Undu informed the NCPC boss that their visit was to intimate him on the activities of the forum which is to ensure the unity and development of the State.
According to Undu, Benue State is currently faced with serious security challenges orchestrated by the continued attacks and killings of innocent people as well as the destruction of property and economic life line of the State, as such need to unite as a people to be able overcome them.
Rev. Uja lamented that the poor investment attitude exhibited by the Benue elites, who have the resources to do so, has kept the State perpetually at the back stage of economic development.
“We should urge people to invest. We also need in Benue an investment platform; else we are dwelling on shared poverty,” he stated.
He assured the forum that some steps will be taken towards industrialisation of the State, which will in turn reflect on the nation.