The Ogun State Government says it remains committed to restructuring and repositioning Ota-Agbara city to sustain its prime status as the commercial and industrial hub of the State.
The State Deputy Governor, Engr. (Mrs.) Noimot Salako-Oyedele, gave the assurance during the 10th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Ota-Agbara Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (OTAGCCIMA) and Investiture ceremony of Evangelist Prince David Bello held at the Chamber’s Commerce House in Agbara.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola, the Deputy Governor stated that fixing Ota-Agbara which is the largest industrial hub in Nigeria, as well as creating an enabling environment for all categories of businesses, holds the key to boosting the State’s economy.
She added that the government’s drive towards creating an enabling environment led to the reconstruction of the Atan-Lusada-Agbara road as well as the implementation of initiatives such as the Ogun Agro-cargo airport which is billed to be completed in December 2023, the Special Agro-Processing Zone (SAPZ), industrial estates, dry ports, logistics hub and Afrexim Quality Assurance Center (AQAC) among others.
“His Excellency, Prince Dapo Abiodun, led Administration is playing vital roles in assisting Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture through aggressive agricultural production, industrialization programmes and creation of needed enabling environment. This is evident in his numerous initiatives aimed at making businesses and investments flourish”, the Deputy Governor said.
The Deputy Governor who spoke on, “The Role of Chambers of Commerce in Synergising the Organised Private Sector (OPS)”, said the theme was apt in view of the country’s current shift towards non-oil exportation adding that the efforts of various Chambers of Commerce championing the interest of their members has made it expedient for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) to join a Chamber of Commerce.
In her speech, Immediate-past President, OTAGCCIMA, Deaconess Cynthia Saka, said within her two years in Office, the activities of the secretariat were successfully managed, while the Chambers laid the foundation of its Commerce House at Agbara, signed several mutually beneficial agreements, organised the third edition of the OTAGCCIMA Trade Exhibition, actively participated in chambers affairs internationally, acquired 20 hectares of land for tree planting and realised over 300 percent membership increment despite initially losing about 60 percent of its members.
The new President, Evangelist David Bello, Unveiled the “2025 Building OTAGCCIMA: Road Map for the next two years” said the Chambers would focus on building membership confidence and participation, improving its membership, capacity building and provision of loans for members, among others.
Press Officer, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment.