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State Of Osun Equipped For Nigeria's Development- Aregbesola

By Bisola Ariwodola

The capacity of Nigerian Shippers Council as one of the leading economic regulator of Nigeria's port sector cannot be overemphasised as it reiterated its using enlightenment of stakeholders as a key to work in a free market to address anti-competitive behavior.

The Governor State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made this known as the Special Guest of Honor at a One-day enlightenment seminar, on Stimulating Effective Shipment of Non-oil Export Products in Osun, organized by Nigerian Shippers Council, South West Zonal Coordinating Office.

The Governor who was represented by the Special Adviser on Wealth Creation Mr. Adetoyese Ademola gave accolades to the organizers for identifying the state as a place of economic development, and he relayed that with the standard infrastructure put in place by his administration investment will thrive, and that stakeholders in import and export business nationally and internationally has future economic benefit in view.

At the enlightenment seminar for stakeholders held at the conference hall of White Plain Suites and Towers, presentations as regard the theme where revealed in line with part of the mandate of Nigerian Shippers Council.

In his presentation titled Stimulating Effective Shipment of Non-Oil Export Products in the State of Osun, the Commissioner Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, Mr. Jayeoba Alagbada stated that the state government under the leadership of Governor Aregbesola laid solid foundation for investors to invest in the state through projects and array of Agricultural produce as well as solid minerals, which are necessary precursor to make the state a major player in the national drive to promote Non-Oil Export.

Alagbada described Governor Rauf Aregbesola as a governor with foresight, whose one of its major project at inception of his tenure was construction of Free Trade Zone in the state, to the participants which comprises of Importers/Exporters, Shippers Associations, Commodities Association, Chambers of Commerce, Manufacturer Association of Nigeria, among others.

The Director, Inland Transport Services Department of Nigerian Shippers Council, Lagos, Mr. Akintunde Makinde in his presentation tagged: Role of Nigerian Shippers Council in Trade Facilitation affirmed that the role of the association to provide protective platform for stakeholders in import and export business nationally and internationally as unbiased umpire in the conduct of the national economy will subsist.

Makinde represented by Mr. Akintola Kola, maintained that actualization of objectives of the Federal Government's Executive Order on the ease of doing business in Nigeria through the councils trade facilitation and regulation must be embraced by stakeholders at all levels.

In presentation on Packaging of Agricultural Products by the Regional Coordinator, Nigerian Export Promotion Council NEPC, Mr. Babatunde Faleke averred that packaging must be protected and advertised, as well as trendy and innovative, which is a key performance of goods and services with strategic considerations, and that agricultural products in Nigeria with improves packaging have a place in international market.

Earlier in his welcome address, the Zonal Coordinator, Nigerian Shippers Council, South-West Coordinating Office, Mr. Olurotimi Anifowose appreciated State of Osun, Governor Rauf Aregbesola and stakeholders for their support of the council in the state, through the Ministry of Commerce, Industries and Cooperatives, and he appealed for appropriate recognition for good service delivery, to the Shippers Council which is not a non-governmental organization, while pledging that the Nigerian Shippers Council will not fail in its function as one of the key booster of Nigeria's economy.

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