Lush green tropical forest, traversed by numerous natural resources where almost every tropical crop government of Taraba State. It was to this tropical haven that His Excellency Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku delegated Deputy Governor Alhaji Haruna Manu to establish another milestone for the government and the people of Kurmi.
Saturday the 29th day of the year saw the commissioning of the Kurmi Branch of the Taraba Micro-finance bank ltd. The first branch of the financial institution outside Jalingo the state capital, and the first formal financial institution in Kurmi Local government.
Delivering Governor Darius’s message at the occasion, Deputy Governor Haruna Manu said, local governments with conventional banks have not been adequately served, while rural dwellers who are the most agriculturally productive and economically active are completely left out.
That state of exclusion informed the state government’s decision to empower the Taraba state micro-finance bank to reach out to those citizens who were denied the benefits of formal financial institutions. Governor Darius added that the presence of the Micro-finance bank will enable farmers consolidate the gains of their toil and their Gradual
Integration into the economic main stream of the state, the nation, and the world.
Governor Darius also sounded a caveat to the staff of the new branch, in it he reminded them of the need to uphold trust as the pillar upon which successful banking rests, urging the staff to cultivate and maintain a high degree of self-discipline.
In his speech, the Managing Director of the Taraba State micro-finance bank, Mallam Nasiru .A Baba praised Governor Darius Dickson for what he called total commitment to uplifting the economic status of the state, adding that it took the micro-finance bank six years to open its first branch in Jalingo.
Mallam Nasiru said the aim of the bank’s expansion is to enhance job creation, and financial inclusion, while thanking the state government for giving the organization hope for other local governments will be freed from the ‘shackles of financial illiteracy’
The managing director then sough the cooperation of the chairman of Kurmi local government by ensuring the Survival of the bank through patronage of his council.
Earlier, Deputy Governor Haruna Manu was at the Chief of Kurmi’s palace where the chief His Royal Highness, Samaila Maiwuya expressed gratitude to the state government and Taraba micro-finance for taking what he described as a timely solution to the absence of formal financial institution in the area.
He then addressed what he termed additional needs lists of his community which includes road, water health and security of lives and property.
In his response Deputy Governor Haruna Manu said the micro finance is just one, among the several good things that will come to Kurmi under the Darius Dickson Ishaku’s administration, adding that the completion of the Baissa-Marrarraba road is one of the administrations priority.
Before departing Kurmi the deputy governor also commissioned a magistrate court built by the local government.
Kurmi is a major hub for an international trade in cattle and other commodities with the republic of Cameroon.
It is also a major producer of palm oil, and sesame seeds, with a latent potentials in, cocoa and coffee production.