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Lagos Says It Encourages Policies That Boost Local Production

Akinwunmi Ambode, Governor of Lagos State; Omo-Oniles
Posted: Jun 24, 2016 at 6:29 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Lagos State government has promised to sustain and encourage policies that will boost production and consumption of made-in-Nigeria goods as part of its contribution to the ongoing efforts to diversify the nation’s economy.

Prince Rotimi Ogunleye, the state’s Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperatives, who stated this while addressing the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA) Business Women Group (NAWORG), who paid a courtesy visit to the ministry at Alausa, Ikeja, recently, said there was urgent need to diversify the nation’s economy to reduce its over dependence on the oil and gas sector.

Prince Ogunleye said as part of this effort, the Lagos State government has been supporting programmes for the operators of the micro small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sub-sector, adding that it was on account of this that his ministry had organised the first MSME Exclusive Fair in Lagos State.

According to him, the fair was aimed at creating a platform for MSMEs in Lagos State to showcase their products, enhance their visibility globally and increase patronage of their business.

He proclaimed that many women entrepreneurs actively participated at the exhibition, which indicates the appreciable size of women operating in the MSME subsector in the state.

The commissioner, therefore, assured the Business Women Group that his ministry would always be gender sensitive in its policy formulation agenda to encourage women who are into production.

He also promised the group that the ministry will look into benefits that could accrue to them in the State’s Industrial Parks and Enterprise Zones.

Speaking earlier at the occasion, Mrs. Anita Nana Okuribido, Vice President of the NACCIMA Business Women Group (NAWORG), representing the chairperson, Chief (Mrs.) Alaba Lawson, said the group came on a fact finding mission on how to create an enabling environment that would facilitate business development for women entrepreneurs in Lagos State.

According to her, NAWORG is the umbrella body of all the women in chambers of commerce movements in Nigeria and the membership of the group is open to all women. The group was commissioned to coordinate the activities of women not only within the chambers’ movement but also women across the West African region under the auspices of ECOWAS Federation of Business Women (ECOWAS-FEBWE).

Chief Okuribido stated further that the group has since inception coordinated and participated in various activities including annual trade exhibitions within Nigeria and the ECOWAS sub-region for the purpose of creating opportunities for members to network with other women in various business fields across the nation and from neighbouring African countries.