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Publisher blames Kogi under-development on lack of business information



Mr Tom Ohikere, publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Broom Platform, has blamed the under-development of Kogi to lack of business information on the state`s economic potentials to would be investors.

He said the Kogi vision seeks to take the state to the global market place by projecting and promoting its endowment to the private sector as engine of growth, to come and invest in it.

“It is the lack of information to potential investors that had been hampering economic development in Kogi, we intend to optimise the economic benefit of the state through the webpage.

“The coal, the palm oil and the Iron ore resources and the abundant tourism potential in Kogi are enough to make the state self dependent.

“There is enough iron ore in the state that can provide for five Dangote Cement factories, the coal factory in Eastern Kogi is enough to make the state self sufficient,“ He said.

Ohikere said the Kogi Vision database would be an information hub to showcases the full economic and human potentials of Kogi.

The former commissioner for information added that the essence of the database was to bridge information gap on the socio-economic, cultural and political landscape of Kogi by connecting individuals, organisations and institutions in the state and beyond.

He further added that the vision was also to ensure effective and efficient utilisation of information resources in the task of building and prospecting for the future of the state.

“Top on our agenda is the promotion of Kogi as an investment, tourism and business destination, “ he said.

Ohikere said to achieve its objectives, his organisation would focus on sourcing for potential investors and facilitating the process for them to invest in Kogi.

He added that the organisation would also focus on expansion of trade between the various Local Government Areas in the state by providing meaningful information and encouraging intra-state cooperation.

“Realising the importance of political consciousness to transparency and accountability, as part of our quest to lift the state, we shall engage in sensitisation and dissemination of political contents from time to time.

“Kogi Vision appreciates Nigerian art and culture, we will strive to expand platforms of existing cultural exchanges, especially to facilitate co-production in the creative industry, such as films and music production,” Ohikere said.

He added that the database would also be used to enhance technical cooperation between Kogi and other states of the federation, while giving out information on opportunities that Kogi could offer to prospective investors, tourists and local communities.

Ohikere expressed optimism that investors would find the webpage interesting and useful as they plan to contribute to the revival and regeneration of Kogi.

He added that Chinese, French and Portuguese would be used to disseminate information on the webpage in addition to English language.

Edited by Felix Ajide