Kwara govt declares support for SMEs, speaks on 2nd economic summit

By Nafiu Toyin Abdulqadri.

The Kwara State Commissioner for Enterprise, Alhaji Abdulwahab Femi Agbaje has restated the commitment of the Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq-led administration 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.

Kwara State Commissioner for Enterprise, Alhaji Abdulwahab Femi Agbaje

The commissioner, who pledged to support the new administration in creating an enabling environment that will give room for viable growth and development of businesses in the state, also promised to support Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).

He also revealed the determination of Governor Abdulrazaq to move Kwara away from being referred to as a “Civil Servants’ State”.

In his welcome address, the President of KWACCIMA, Dr Ahmed Raji noted that Agbaje was the first commissioner to pay a courtesy visit to the organization. This, he asserted, was an indication that the present administration was taking the economic issues of the state seriously.

KWACCIMA President, Dr Ahmed Raji

Raji urged the state government to provide a conducive environment for rapid industrialization to thrive in the state, while suing for more collaborations between the government and KWACCIMA.

He also craved the support of the state government in organizing the 2nd edition of Kwara Economic Summit.

“This edition is expected to be used for mainstreaming women and youths into the development agenda of the state. There would be programme of 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).

Received by the KWACO President, Alh. Saad Alawaye, the commissioner assured the artisans that the present administration will protect their interests.

R-L Alhaji Waidi Adigun Adisco, Alh Saad Alawaye, Alh Abdulwahab Ahmed Agbaje (Commissioner for Enterprise, Kwara State) and Alh Toyin Ahmed (Perm. Sec. Kw. St. Min. of Enterprise)

“I assumed office as commissioner not up to a month ago, so visiting the Artisans is a mark that we will continue to operate an open door policy for all concerned stakeholders.

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

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