Ogun State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe has called on industries to harness business opportunities that are abound in the State, noting that it would help grow their business and recover faster from the effect of Coronavirus pandemic.
Longe is of the opinion that other competitive advantages in respect of highly skilled human resources, abundant mineral deposit and the State’s geographical advantage, as well as business-friendly policies would help boost their business.
The Commissioner, who gave the charge during an industrial tour of companies at Ikenne and Sagamu Local Government Areas of Ogun State, said government was also looking inwards to improve agro-processing and strengthening the value-chain and create more jobs for unemployed youths.
She said the efforts had enabled the State emerged as an Agro-allied Investment Destination in Nigeria, while Governor Dapo Abiodun won the Governor of the Year Award at the Nigeria Agriculture Award.
Mrs. Longe assured that the government would continue to create enabling environment for businesses to thrive, through the implementation of more business-friendly policies, saying the creation of relevant agencies, such as the Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency (OGUNINVEST), Ogun State Enterprises Development Agency, among others have been improving the Ease of Doing Business and attracting more investments into the State.
She recalled that government has also approved 50 percent discount on Land use charge, while eight months extension on filing of 2019 annual Pay As You Earn (PAYE), returns were given to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on businesses.
Also speaking, the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Ms. Sola Arobieke called on business entities to continue to reciprocate government’s efforts, through prompt payment of taxes.
The Acting Managing Director, Lad Group Plc, Ikenne Local Government Area, Mr. Oluremi Bodunrin said the company was exploring various opportunities to cushion the effect of the Coronavirus pandemic, which has affected the demand of its product, stressing that the company did not lay-off any of its staff.
In a related development, the Corporate Affairs Director, International Breweries Plc, Mrs. Temitope Oguntokun, who received the Commissioner and her team said that the organisation remains focused on expanding the factory in line with its objectives.