- Bassey James has urged CBN, BoI to support Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs
- According to him, indigenes of the state are not being treated fairly
- He argued that support is being given to other states without the inclusion of Akwa Ibom
The president of Southern Youths Development Forum and founder, Southern Atlantic Polytechnic, Uyo in Akwa Ibom state, Pastor Bassey James, has appealed to the Bank of Industry (BoI) and Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to support Akwa Ibom state entrepreneurs and young businessmen with finance to improve their businesses.
In a press statement made available to Legit.ng, the clergy turned businessman condemned the manner CBN and BoI are treating the indigenes of the state.
He said: "We are tired of seeing Bank of Industry and Central Bank Nigeria build and support other regions including foreigners using our wealth, while nothing is done to Akwa Ibom economic growth and enterprenuships development. How can one explain this? What logic and reason are they using.
"I have visited Bank of Industry and had meetings with some of their staff but it seems Peter is robbed to pay Paul. Akwa Ibom State contribute more to national economy and must be given the due diligence in schedule of business finance.
"We will soon write officially to Mr. President and the National Assembly on the continuous injustice to our people.
"I hereby call on the Akwa Ibom people to demand their rights from Bank of Industry."
Going further, he spoke on the impact of Southern Atlantic Polytechnic Entrepreneurship Development Centre.
He said the centre has one the best shoemaking facilities and we have acquired several hectares of land for oil palm production yet no help is coming to us.
He also challenged those in government at all level to talk to the banks, especially the members of national and state assembly, noting that if the needed support is given the youths of the state will be engaged in small and medium business development.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that as the scandal rocking the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) continues to fester, a prominent group in the region, the youths called on President Muhammadu Buhari to open a televised probe of the commission.
The call was made by James, when he addressed some select journalists in Lagos recently.
According to him, this will enable Nigerians to know those who are stealing from the commission.
James added that the money involved is so much that a televised probe will also help the country understand how to guide against future occurrences.
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