The Ogun government has pledged to address challenges hindering the expansion plans of various industries in the state that intend to increase their production capacity and expand their factories.
Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, made this known during the tour of Proforce Limited, Ode-Remo and Coleman Technical Company Limited, Sagamu.
Longe assured that the government would take action on their request for more land, approvals and other challenges, to ensure their plans come to fruition.
She commended the companies for going ahead with their expansion plans and enlarging their tentacles in the area of exportation of their products despite the negative effect of the coronavirus pandemic on businesses globally.
” I am extremely thrilled that despite the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic more industries in Ogun State including the four industries we have visited in the last two days are all taking steps to expand their production lines and factories.
“As a responsive government we would address those issues they have raised including requests for more land. We would even look into more areas in which we can help them achieve their plans,” the Commissioner said.
She noted that the companies’ expansion plans would give a boost to the economy as well as gainfully employ youths in the State assuring that the government would not relent in its efforts at improving the Ease of Doing Business in the State.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola lauded the companies for being totally indigenous companies that use their products to solve problems in the country, create job opportunities and also stimulating the economy.
He noted that the government was already working on the harmonisation of its taxes to ensure all issues of multiple taxation are addressed.
The Group Managing Director, Proforce Limited, Ode-Remo, Mr. Adetokunbo Ogundeyin said the company which is the only armoured- car manufacturer in sub-Saharan Africa would expand into the production of more weapons to meet increasing demand, calling on the State government to help in addressing its challenge of getting more portions of land approved for its new factory.
In a similar vein, the Managing Director, Coleman Technical Industries Limited, Sagamu, Mr. George Onafowokan said the company would expand its Sagamu and Arepo factories in order to enlarge its chain of production stressing that the expansion would create over 3,000 jobs at the Sagamu factory alone.
The Commissioner and her team had earlier toured LadGroup Plc, Ikenne Local Government Area and International Breweries Plc, Bara, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area.