The fundamental problem responsible for the economic under development of Benue state has been linked to the inability of the citizenry to harness the abundant natural and human potentials that abound.
Presenting a paper titled ” Pathways to Sustainable Development & Prosperity of Benue State”, at the 13th Basil Chianson annual memorial lecture held Saturday in makurdi, guest speaker Pharmacist Peter Chieshe noted the vast and fertile lands, abundant talents idling away in Benue state. With such in hand he said, the state had no reason to be backward economically or relying solely on federal allocation.
As a way forward, Pharm Chieshe called on the government to take advantage of the availability of these fertile lands and huge human capital to industrialize the state. If the agricultural potential of the state is adequately utilised, billions of naira could be generated yearly.
All these can come into reality through good leadership, enacting of economic friendly laws and policies, revamping the moribund industries, an end to double taxation, shunning of corruption by both leaders and followers, encouraging and supporting good economic ideas as well as constant human capital development. He said.
Farmers should be ready to learn modern ways of farming other than the archaic method that produces poor yield, state government should be willing to provide soft loans for farmers, providing advance farm implements and engaging experts in the field to teach farmers mechanised farming” he adds.
In an interview with newsmen, a consultant Clinical Pharmacist with the Federal Medical Centre Makurdi, Pharm Basil Anweh attributed the economic decay in the state to the corrupt mind set of the masses. Every one wanting to get rich quickly through short changing one another. This will have to stop he said.
“Political office holders be it counsellors, chairmen, house of assembly members and the likes should take it upon them selves to sensitize the people on different development approaches. One can be in the village and still be successful rather than migrating to urban centres and lazing about” he said.
Pharm Anweh also urge traditional rulers to live up to their responsibility of always sensitizing their subjects on new technics of boosting their farm yields, how to add value to their products and markets for them.
On his part a former Federal Commissioner Revenue Mobilization Mr Richard Asema called on the state government to be up and doing so as not be known as a government whose only role is the signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) with no development to show.
Eulogising late Basil Chianson, the chairman of the occasion, Hon Caleb Aba who is the ALGON chairman said late Basil lived a life of sacrifice. His philosophy were truth, justice and equity. He stood for it even in death.
Appreciating the organisers for keeping the vision of late Basil Chianson alive, the chairman urged participants to eventful life’s that are worthwhile nothing that “its not how long you live on earth but how well “.
The high point of the occasion was the presentation of awards to two distinguish personalities for having identified with the philosophy of late Basil Chianson. They are Pharmacist Peter Chieshe and Hon Caleb Aba.