Abia State Governor, Dr. Alex Otti, has expressed his commitment to ensuring the state maintains its position as Nigeria’s SME hub and aims for even greater success.
During a meeting with a delegation from the Bank of Industry (BOI), Governor Otti outlined his determination to enhance Abia’s status as a leading state for business operations nationwide.
He emphasized his vision to create opportunities for the populace, reducing hardship, hunger, and insecurity to the minimum.
In a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Kazie Uko, the Governor highlighted the alignment of the bankers’ visit with his state vision, emphasizing that governance should primarily focus on alleviating the people’s burdens.
“We strongly believe that governance is about the people, and anything you do that does not affect the people in a positive way, no matter how beautiful it may sound or look, will be a waste,” he said.
Governor Otti, a former bank executive while describing Abia state as industrious people, said he was committed to creating a business-friendly atmosphere to enable Abia entrepreneurs to excel and compete favourably with their counterparts across the globe.
“So, for us, we have come here to ease the burden of our people, particularly the very industrious set of hard-working people. We have come to provide an enabling environment for them to do their business,” he said.
He encouraged BOI to do more to encourage the growth of SMEs in the State and promised to support the management in reopening the bank’s office in Aba to serve the people better.