The President of the Odua’s Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ODUACCIMA), Kayode Adeyemi has called for the Southwest Governors’ partnership as part of the body’s resolution to fix moribund industries in the region.
Adeyemi noted that the ODUACCIMA had resolved to bring back to life, some moribund industries abound in the Southwest in order to boost the economy of the geo-political zone.
He spoke in Abeokuta, Ogun State, during the ongoing 10th Gateway International Trade Fair tagged “Transforming Agriculture and Commerce in a Highly competitive global market.”
Adeyemi said “There are a lot of moribund industries in our region and it’s our resolve in ODUACIMMA that these industries set up by our founding fathers are brought back to life. We want Ogun State to partner with us in this respect, so that the big names that were there then industrial – wise will come back to life.
“Mr Governor sir, there is a lot of interest in the moribund industries in the state also. One of them is the Ogere International Market, that is on the left when you are approaching Ogere from the Tollgate. The facility is being over grown by weed, I think a lot of our members have the interest to take over the enterprise. We want this project to be completed very soon so that we can explore partnership.”
The ODUCCIMA President applauded Governor Dapo Abiodun for driving the state’s economy, saying “What Lagos is losing, Ogun State is getting it.”
In his remarks, Abiodun noted that Trade Fair has grown beyond just a meeting point for business communities, but it has become a veritable platform that affords operators of Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs), Manufacturers, Businessmen and Women, Managers of Corporate Organizations and Government, the opportunity to come together and showcase our locally-made products and services.
Abiodun said the hosting of Trade Fair was part of state’s initiatives towards improving the Ease of Doing Business and in turn promote investment in our State
“Ogun State is the largest industrial hub in Nigeria, we are determined to uphold this position. The Trade fair is coming at a time when we are all working hard towards diversifying Nigeria’s economy from our over- reliance on the oil sector. By developing other sectors such as agriculture, trade and manufacturing.
“The Agricultural sector, being a cornerstone of our economy has the potential to catalyse economic development. This is not surprising, as many may recall that Agriculture used to be the mainstay of the Nigerian economy until the oil boom in early 1980s,” the governor said.