By Matthew Denis
The Kwara State government will partner Federal Government on the opening of an international border market in Chinkanda, Baruten Local Government area of the state.
This was disclosed by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Commerce and Cooperatives, Alhaji Bayo Onimago during an interview with Pilot Business on Tuesday at the ongoing Kwara Trade Fair.
He said, “The international border market in Chikanda is an initiative, in which the state government will collaborate with the Federal Ministry of Trade, Industry and Investment. Space have been marked for the transborder trading and the process is ongoing.”
He further disclosed that the Federal Government has proposed establishment of one transborder market in each of the six geopolitical zones, with Kwara likely to benefit from the north central zone.
On the ongoing trade fair, he said that the state government has extended it by four days to woo more customers.
Also speaking, the Special Adviser to Governor Ahmed on Agric and Rural Water Support Services, Mr. Anu Ibiwoye, expressed satisfaction with the huge display of locally made goods at the trade fair.
“We are happy with the level of commercial and industrial activities that is ongoing in the state and government will partner with relevant agencies to enhance entrepreneurial skills through loans.
“It is not about whether the quality of their products are attractive enough but it is about being able to link them to the desired markets and support them with funding,” he added.
Ibiwoye assured that the state government will give more publicity to the trade fair for more patronage