Towards industrialisation and job creation, as well as effective development of raw materials, Ogun State Government has shown its readiness to partner the Raw Material, Research and Development Council (RMRDC), under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.
In a familiarisation visit to Ogun State Raw Material Resource Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina said, activities at the resource Centre was in line with the State agenda for industrialisation, strategic partnership and job creation, hence the need to collaborate and make the agenda a reality.
“Our focus is on industrialisation, job creation and strategic partnership. Ogun State is one of the biggest Agro-investment facility and opportunity in Nigeria and most of the companies that have been attracted here depend solely on primary raw materials. We will not relent in our effort to support sustainability of raw materials so that companies don’t shut down.
“In terms of sensitisation and capacity building, we are strongly pursuing our agenda on strategic partnership and linkage with all agencies both locally and internationally that have mandate to support farmers and farming operations in the state. We also link them with smart farmers that can access credit, technology and provide raw materials”, Odedina said.
He noted that, the collaboration would offer mutual opportunity for farmers and investors in the State, as raw materials being used for various commodities were primarily sourced from farm, stating that government had created enabling environment for interested farmers to produce in industrial capacity.
According to the Commissioner, “This is a win-win situation for us in Ogun State. Our role is to do proper linkage between our people and agric opportunities in accessing land, credit or other opportunities. We also have relationship with various agro-processing companies. We will partner with you because our mandate fits to yours”.
Earlier, the Ogun State Coordinator, RMRDC, Mr. Kayode Abiola, disclosed that raw material centre was created in 1987 under decree 39 to work on various investment potentials in agriculture and solid minerals, thereby supporting and expediting industrial development across the nation.
“Our focus is to increase production level of the state, collaborate relevant stakeholders like the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigeria Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), in order to meet industrial needs in terms of raw materials source”, he said.
He added that the Agency would continue to build synergy with the State Government, to look into ways of benefitting from Agricultural commodity boosting and raw materials useful for food, saying they are also beaming their searchlight to know the available resources of each State, based on comparative advantage.