Kwara state Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says his administration is committed and open to innovative ideas that can make the state a centre of commerce.
Governor AbdulRazaq told a delegation of the Kwara State Chamber for Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA) led by its new President, Mr Abdulfatai Ayodimeji that the government would partner with the body to host a successful Trade Fair in November this year.
He said the trade fair is timely as the assemblage of the business moguls would be another opportunity to showcase the state’s economic endowments for investments.
Governor AbdulRazaq sought a robust partnership with the KWACCIMA on cashew plantation and its processing, and announced a plan to build an international conference centre and revive Kwara Hotel through private partnership as a mega hotel and one of the heritages Kwarans used to be proud of.
The Governor lauded the proposed Nigeria-Benin Joint commission, saying it would promote trade, cultural exchanges and strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries, especially Kwara State.
Speaking earlier, the President, Kwara State Chamber for Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (KWACCIMA), Mr Abdulfatai Ayodimeji said the visit was to intimate the Governor of the eighth Kwara Trade Fair, which comes up next month in Ilorin.
He also called on the government to construct a permanent pavilion for the yearly trade fair, urging the administration to encourage local government authorities to also participate in the event.
Mr Ayodimeji added that the Chamber is working hard to form the Nigeria-Benin Republic Joint commission with Chikanda in Baruten local government area as the proposed headquarters, saying this is geared towards making the state an industrial hub.