Our Administration Has Laid Solid Foundation For Investment – Aregbesola

By Nofisat Adeoye

Governor Rauf Aregbesola has stated that with the standard infrastructure put in place by his administration, investment will surely thrive in the state.

Aregbesola said this known at a One-day enlightenment seminar on “Stimulating Effective Shipment of Non-oil Export Products” organized by Nigerian Shippers Council, South West Zonal Coordinating Office.

Aregbesola who was represented by the Special Adviser on Wealth Creation, Mr. Adetoyese Ademola, gave accolades to the organizers for identifying the state as a place of economic development, adding that the capacity of Nigerian Shippers Council as one of the leading economic regulator of Nigeria’s port sector cannot be overemphasised.

At the enlightenment seminar for stakeholders held at White Plain Suites and Towers in Osogbo, the State capital, presentations as regard the theme were revealed in line with part of the mandate of Nigerian Shippers Council.

In his presentation titled “Stimulating Effective Shipment of Non-Oil Export Products in the State of Osun”, the Commissioner, Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Mr. Jayeoba Alagbada stated that the state government under the leadership of
Aregbesola has laid solid foundation for investors to invest in the state through projects and array of Agricultural produce as well as solid Minerals.

Alagbada stated that the foundations are necessary precursors to make the state a major player in the national drive to promote Non-Oil Export.

Alagbada described Aregbesola as a Governor with foresight, Alagbada added that one of the Governor’s major projects at inception of his tenure was construction of Free Trade Zone in the state which comprises Importers/Exporters, Shippers Associations, Commodities Association, Chambers of Commerce, Manufacturer Association of Nigeria, among others.

The Director, Inland Transport Services Department of Nigerian Shippers Council, Lagos, Mr. Akintunde Makinde in his presentation tagged: “Role of Nigerian Shippers Council in Trade Facilitation” affirmed that the role of the association is to provide protective platform for stakeholders in import and export business nationally and internationally.

Makinde who was represented by Mr. Akintola Kola, maintained that actualization of objectives of the Federal Government’s Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria through the councils trade facilitation and regulation must be embraced by stakeholders at all levels.

Also in his presentation on Packaging of Agricultural Products by the Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Export Promotion Council, NEPC, Mr. Babatunde Faleke averred that packaging must be protected and advertised, as well as trendy and innovative.

Faleke noted that agricultural products in Nigeria with improved packaging have a place in the international market.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Shippers Council, South-West Coordinating Office, Mr. Olurotimi Anifowose appreciated Governor Aregbesola and stakeholders for their support of the council in the state through the Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives.

He also appealed for appropriate recognition to the Shippers Council which is not a non-governmental organization for good service delivery, while pledging that the Nigerian Shippers Council will not fail in its function as one of the key boosters of Nigeria’s economy.

Gov Sani Bello Seeks Global Investment In Agric, Trade, Infrastructure, Solid Minerals, Tourism

Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello has called on investors in the United States and other part of the world to explore opportunities available in the state in the areas of agriculture, solid mineral infrastructure, sports and tourism.

Governor Sani Bello stated this at Niger State Business Roundtable organized by African Caribbean Business Council of Greater Philadelphia (ACDBC) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United State.

Governor Sani Bello said that his desire and determination was to make Niger state a hub for both local and international investors in the areas of agricultural value-chain, infrastructure, solid minerals tourism and sports through linkages and establishment of enabling environment, instituting credible, transparent and proactive governance structure.

“Niger state is a bundle of opportunities and fertile ground for any investor. We are strategically located close to the capital city, Abuja. We have largest land mass in Nigeria – fertile, uncultivated and ready for use for large mechanized farming. We have solid minerals. We have a youthful population and peaceful environment. We have an international airport. We are linked by railway to the seaport.

“Above all, we are building a governance structure that engenders good governance, transparency, accountability and investor-friendly environment.”

The Governor who said that he was determined to make Niger state an international player in the export of Shea butter revealed that the state was working towards establishing export produce- conditioning centre to meet international standards.

”We are here to have firm discussion with Pennsylvania in the area of trade, agriculture, solid minerals , sports and tourism. We need technical support on how we can develop our economy. It is very comforting to know that Pennsylvania is the 6th largest economy in United States and 18th largest economy in the world. I believe a strong partnership between Niger state, Nigeria and Commonwealth of Pennsylvania will go a long way towards improving the economy of the two states.

“ We want the partnership to cover the entire value-chain: Production, processing, storage and marketing. We want improved yield and new technological that would increase yield per acre; we want mills for processing ; we want storage facilities; we want ready market for the finished produce. ”

Earlier in his remarks, Lt Governor Micheal Stack 111 described the state of Pennsylvania as an agrarian state and indicated willingness to collaborate with Niger state towards boosting commercial agriculture. He promised to facilitate investment in mechanized farming that would revolutionize Niger state agriculture through low-interest bank loan .

On Governor Sani Bello’s delegation were Niger State House of Assembly, Member Representing Bida 11 and Chairman House Committee on Works, Hon. Mohammed Alhaji Haruna, Chief of Staff, Hon Mikhail Al-Amin Bmitosahi, Commissioner for Investment , Hajiya Ramatu Yar’adua, Commissioner for Finance, Hon. Ibrahim Balarabe and Commissioner for Justice, Bar Nasara Danmallam.