Kwara state inaugurates harmonized marketers’ union

Tunde Akanbi, Ilorin

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Kwara state Governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq says his administration is committed to deepening the revenue base of the state through business friendly policies and supports for small medium enterprise.

The Governor spoke at the inauguration ceremony of the Kwara State Association of Marketers (KWAMs), held at the state banquet hall in Ilorin, the state capital.

AbdulRazaq, who was represented by Deputy Governor Kayode Alabi, said the government is leaving no stone unturned to diversify economy and quicken the recovery from COVID-19 imposed hardship.

“Our administration has become known for its support for small and medium scale businesses, investments in road infrastructure, youth empowerment, gender inclusion, basic education, healthcare delivery, and poverty reduction measures. We are backing these up with robust policy instruments and adequate investments and support for these sectors,” he said.

He enjoined participants to continue to uphold the government’s move to make Kwara state the number one investment destination in Nigeria.

In her remarks, the Wife of the State Governor, Ambassador (Mrs.) Olufolake AbdulRazaq, represented by the Commissioner for Communication, Mrs. Abosede Buraimoh commended market men and women in the state for uniting and bringing themselves under one umbrella, adding that such is a sign of goodwill and mutual love for one another.

She described as timely their resolve to form a common front given that the state government is opening up more opportunities to ease trading and engender industrial revolution.

“I want to use this avenue to appreciate your thoughtfulness and innovation in uniting and bringing all marketers in kwara state under one umbrella, which I regard as a sign of goodwill and mutual love for one another,” she said.

The state Commissioner for Enterprise, Hajia Arinola Lawal, who praised the organizing committee for their relentless efforts that culminated into success of the event, said the ministry’s relationship with the state marketers has been cordial.

Arinola said the government takes welfare of the state marketers and youth with all seriousness, asking them to repose their confidence in the leadership of Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq.

She highlighted some of the social safety nets the present administration has put in place including the State Social Investment Programmes (KWASSIP), Kwara state One Stop Investment Centres (KW-OSIC); KWAPRENEUR; and newly signed bill for the creation of Kwara Investment Promotion Agency (KWIPA) among others.

Iya-loja and Baba-loja Generals of Kwara state, Alhaja Sidiq Akaje and Alhaji Abdullahi Sa’ad, in their separate remarks, corroborated their National leader on the Governor’s performance, pledging that their members will deliver their 100 percent vote during the 2023 poll.

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