The President of Manufacturernd efficiency in business environs Association of Nigeria (MAN), Dr. Frank Udemba Jacobs has called on both Kwara and Kogi states governments to pay critical attention to the deplorable road conditions in their domains.
He argued that the poor road infrastructure has post a serious threat to the industrial growth and development of their members.
The MAN President made the disclosure during the third Annual General Meeting of Kwara/Kogi states branch of the Association held at Irewolede Estate area, Ilorin on Tuesday.
He said “we urge your Excellencies to do everything that will ensure the sustenance of the manufacturing sectors in your states.
“As it is one of the most viable and reliable partners of government in creating wealth, generating employment, economy and engineering skill acquisition in the country.”
“Please take urgent remedial actions on the roads in your territories while you discuss with the Federal Government on how to effect repairs on federal roads,” he further said.
He however lauded the Kwara state government for dropping the manufacturing processing levy bills.
Jacobs noted that MAN has vigorously embarked on a continuous advocacy programme for a favourable manufacturing environment which made the Federal Government to take appropriate actions.
According to him, some of the actions includes the 60 percent preferential forex allocation to manufacturing sectors for importation of raw materials and provision of machinery that are not locally available in the country.
“The lifting of ban on Export Expansion Grant (EEG), the Federal Government Executive order on promotion of transparency ament, the special $20,000.00 quarterly forex allocation to SMEs for importation of vital raw materials and machinery, establishment of micro, small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) clinic among others, ” he added.
In his remarks, The branch Chairman of the association, Alhaji Kamorudeen Yusuf called for more recognition of activities of manufacturers by government of the two states.
Speaking on the theme for this year’s AGM, ‘ Survival of Industries in Nigera, he called on government to support manufacturers who are major stakeholders in industrial development of the state.
Yusuf who doubles as the CEO of Kam Industries solicited for the support of his fellow captains of industries to sacrifice by pulling resources together in turning around fortune of the association.
In her remarks, the Kwara State Commissioner of Industry and Solid Minerals Development, Hajia Funmilayo Oniwa emphasised that the state government has collaborative agreement with Bank of Industry (BOI) which opened its Ilorin office to make loans available for industrialists.
The Commissioner who was represented by the Director of Industry, Alhaji Ismail Alabi said that the government has forwarded lists of moribund industries in the state to BOI for prompt intervention.