The Benue Government said it was working with the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to commence large-scale land clearing across the state to encourage farming activities.
Governor Samuel Ortom, disclosed this during a media briefing in Abuja at the weekend.
He said the N2bilion put together by the Government in collaboration with the Bank of Industries (BoI) was also available to be accessed by owners of Small and Medium Enterprises to grow their businesses.
Ortom, who said the two initiatives were being buoyed by the little improvement of the security situation in the state, however, urged Nigerians to put aside sentiments on account of religion and ethnicity to work together in combating banditry and other forms of crimes pervading the country.
He said Nigerians that the criminals who had been killing people across the country did not distinguish among their victims.
Governor Ortom restated his call on the Federal Government to upgrade the policy on gun license in a way that credible people would be allowed to own sophisticated weapons to protect themselves against the criminals.
According to the governor, the measure would deter the criminals from carrying out their nefarious activities thereby ushering in peace that would enhance investment and economic growth.
Governor Ortom assured Benue people that his administration would continue to rehabilitate township roads in major towns of the state and enjoined the Federal Government to do same by rehabilitating its roads in the state to ease the movement of people.
He also appealed to the Federal Government to fulfil its promise of dredging River Benue to save the state from the yearly flooding that always destroys property worth billions of naira in its wake.