BOI supports 138 cooperative societies with N2bn loan in Benue

WorldState Newsonline— As part of efforts to enhance business in the Benue state, the Bank of Industry (BOI) in conjunction with Benue State Government has began disbursement of N2 billion loan to 138 cooperative societies in the state.

Gov. Samuel Ortom, who said this at a workshop for  members of cooperative societies in Makurdi,  said  an additional N358 million had been approved for 78 more cooperative societies.

He said that the initiative was  aimed at empowering Benue people in their businesses  through their respective registered cooperative societies.

Represented by Mr Tersoo Kpelai, the Commissioner for Industry Trade and Investment, Ortom explained that the workshop was meant to educate the people on how to setup businesses, where to locate them and how to make profit from their businesses.

He said that members of the 78 cooperative societies in the state had began to access the N348 million recently approved.

Ortom urged people in the state to join cooperative societies to enable them acquire loans from government just as he encouraged cooperative societies to apply for loans to help their members in farming and business.

Congratulating the 78 benefiting cooperatives, a Manager in the  Bank of Industry, Mr Frank Kings,  said only qualified candidates would benefit from the loan.

According to him, the only criterion  to qualify for the loan is for participants to be registered with any of the cooperative societies.

He called on registered cooperative societies to obtain cheque list and submit applications at the ministry of Industry,  Trade and Investment to ease the processes.

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