The Kwara State Commissioner for Enterprise, Alhaji Abdulwahab Femi Agbaje has restated the commitment of the administration of Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq to improving the business climate in the state, as part of efforts to attract meaningful development to Kwara.

Agbaje made this known on Tuesday during a meeting with the leadership of the Kwara Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) in Ilorin, the state capital.

The commissioner, who pledged the support of the present administration to create an enabling environment that will give room for viable growth and development of businesses in the state, also there would be room for more Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to thrive.

He also revealed the administration determination to be an enabler for economic growth through repositioning the state economy from the narrative of being a “civil servant state” to being an investment driven state.

In his welcome address, the President of KWACCIMA, Dr Ahmed Raji noted that it was the first time a commissioner will be paying a courtesy visit to the association which he said is an indication that the present administration takes the issue of economic development serious urging the state government to provide a conducive environment for rapid industrialization.

Raji sought for more collaborations between the state government and the organization, while craving the support of the government in organizing the 2nd edition of the State Economic Summit. I

his words “This edition is expected to be used for mainstreaming women and youths into the development agenda of the state.

It would be competition in writing of business proposal from across all the local government areas based on each area’s comparative advantage.

“Winners would be given opportunity to access fund, monitored and mentored by experienced entrepreneurs who shall form the Board of Trustees. This will fast-track industrial growth across all the council areas in the state”, he enthused.

Responding, Agbaje disclosed that the government was open to effective collaborations as well as supporting the 2nd Economic Summit, which he said would be beneficial to the people of the state.

The commissioner, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary (Enterprise), Alh. Toyin Ahmed and other prominent officials of the ministry, also visited the Kwara State Artisans Congress (KWACO).

The KWACO President, Alh. Saad Alawaye while receiving the commissioner’s entourage said the association have had a long standing relationship with the Kwara State Government for years and they would not relent at this time in working with the present ministry of enterprise and the government in general.

the commissioner assured the artisans that their interests will be protected and the government wants to collaborate with the association in all ways possible to bring its members who are skilled professionals in various fields into the new policies of giving room to local contractors within the state to work on government projects.

He further stressed that the State Government through the ministry is also partnering with the bank of industry to provide necessary funds for the artisans to scale up their business, noting that the visit to Artisans is an sign that the administration will operate an open door policy for all concerned stakeholders.

“The Government won’t just implement policies without consulting those that will be affected by the policy”, Agbaje added.

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