Delta State governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, said that with the effect of the fall in oil prices on the nation, it was imperative for the country to diversify its sources of revenue, just as he urged the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, to be involved in entrepreneurial development.
Okowa spoke at the CBN 2015 Best Managed Branch Dinner Award in Asaba.
Asaba branch came first, Jos branch second and Kano branch third in the award.
Okowa stressed the need for CBN to establish an Entrepreneurial Development Centre in the state, adding that the state government has partnered the apex bank in its different empowerment programmes.
He said: “We are happy that the CBN is encouraging its branches. I congratulate the recipients of the awards, especially, Asaba branch that has done so well within its short time of establishment.
We are particularly partnering the CBN on the single digit interests rate on Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises, MSME and we will continue to stay in that partnership.
“Delta State is interested in equipping our youths with different skills. We know that you (CBN) can be of assistance to us in establishing an Entrepreneurial Development Centre. We request that the centre be established in Delta State.”
Insisting that his SMART agenda was predicated on empowering Deltans to be wealth creators, Okowa held that his administration has reawakened the interests of youths in agriculture and skill acquisition with a bid to creating alternative means of generating revenue.
Governor of CBN, Mr Godwin Emefiele, in his remarks said that the annual award ceremony was to boost healthy competition among the branches of the bank to encourage healthy services to customers.