Our Impact

IMPACT OF ACTIVITIES AND ADVOCACY ENGAGEMENTS

BENCOBPA activities have impacted positively in the following ways:

The media sensitization workshop was successful in getting the cooperation of all media houses in the state. They have continued to give visibility to what BENCOBPA stands for, whilst some of them have increased the frequency of business reports to the general public.

The taxation roundtable yielded crucial ideas for improved tax administration and collection in Benue State by the three tiers of government. It provided an avenue for continuing interaction between tax authorities, entrepreneurs and relevant government officials.

The security roundtable opened up channels of dialogue with security agents on improving security in the state and for a better business environment. In attendance were government officials, law enforcement and security forces, as well as private security organisations.

The issue of banks operating in Benue State not being SME-friendly, and their failure to extend support to entrepreneurs was addressed headlong. Our engagements led to this important issue being brought to the notice of the Governor of the state; and he promptly committed to intervene in the situation.

We have strengthened the synergy between and among businessmen and women generally.

Through heightened advocacy engagements, most government agencies, their officials and political office holders in Benue State have become more aware of the existence of BENCOBPA.

The blazed the trail and brought together members of Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association of Nigeria (MACBAN), Benue State chapter on the one hand, and Benue farmers and other stakeholders on the other, to a roundtable to dialogue in the aftermath of the 2013/2014 crises.

BENCOBPA’s recommendation was accepted by Government, on the need to establish ranches for livestock in line with global best practices. This was the decision arrived at in meeting which brought together security agencies, traditional rulers and government officials. It is now official policy that open grazing has been banned in Benue State.

Election debates provided an opportunity for gubernatorial candidates to sell their manifestoes to the electorates.

IMPACT OF BENCOBPA’S ACTIVITIES IN THE STATE

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