Ogun State government says it will partner the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC) to increase the use of locally sourced raw materials among manufacturers, as well as promote the invention and promotion of indigenous technology for industrial growth.
The Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe made this known during a familiarization visit to RMRDC and the State Raw Materials Resource Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
Mrs. Longe said, the State, in line with the “Building our Future Together” Agenda, would collaborate with the Council and other relevant organisations to increase the use of locally-sourced raw materials, rather than depending on imported sources, adding that the present global economic challenge has made it expedient for import substitution.
She added that the Ministry would also partner the Council in ensuring the Ogun State Raw Materials Resource Centre was upgraded for more innovations, while the Council’s patented innovations are adequately promoted.
The Commissioner lauded the Nigerian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (NASME), National Association of Small-scale Industrialists (NASSI) and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN), for supporting the present administration’s efforts at boosting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in the State.
She affirmed the Ministry’s commitment to facilitate access to various government interventions, which would aid various Business Membership Organisations (BMOs), saying government would support SMEDAN in the actualization of its “One Local Government, One Product”.
In his remark, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola, said the Ministry, as part of its efforts to boost MSMEs would continue to organise various capacity building programmes, to guide entrepreneurs on various opportunities and strategies they could adopt to grow their businesses.
In his speech, the State Co-coordinator, RMRDC, Mr. Kayode Abiola said the Council was focused on promoting and expediting industrial development in the State, based on available resources, revealing that the body had been identifying raw materials which could be used as substitute for imported ones.
Abiola added that the Council would continue to build on its formidable partnership with the Ministry, as well as various Business Membership Organisations (BMOs), to support the current industrial growth in the State.
Wale Osunbiyi & Ismail Oladipo,
Press Officers, Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment