Trade And Commerce, Central To Osun Economic Drive – Aregbesola

•As Governor Inaugurates State Market Women Board

By kazeem mohammed
RAUFThe governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has said that trade and commerce are core components of his administration’s six-point integral action plan.

This, he said, is the reason behind the government’s efforts at reorganising marketing activities in the state by building befitting modern markets across towns and cities.

He spoke in Osogbo, the state capital on Monday at the inauguration of Market Women Board, saying that the administration is determined to ensure that these important commercial activities are properly structured, taken off the streets, and conducted in appropriate locations that are specially built for them.

For the effort to succeed, the governor added that it is necessary to get market women involved and carry them along, saying that the establishment and inauguration of a Market Women Board was a statement of the importance placed on market women to affect the economy of the state.

He said: “Trade and commerce are also central to our development drive in Osun. All our policies and programmes are connected in one way or another with market and marketing activities. A good instance is our Osun Rural Enterprise and Agriculture Programme (O’REAP), which right from its conception, to planning and execution is linked to the lucrative daily food market in Lagos.

“It is indeed for this purpose that the ultra-modern regional market at Dagbolu is being constructed. It is also the major reason behind our partnership with the Nigerian Railway Corporation to revitalise the railway transport from Osogbo to Lagos, which has since been in full operation.

“Our ultimate aim, as I have said elsewhere, is to create a produce and commodity market for goods produced, both locally and imported in Osun, where people would buy at the price they buy in Lagos, which in our belief, would promote commercial activities and peoples’ income within the shortest time,” he stressed.

Through the board, the governor believes that the required smooth working relation and liaison would be facilitated between policy makers, the implementors and the beneficiaries, as well as other stakeholders.

This, he said, would help maximise the benefits that the state and its people can derive from their market and marketing activities, which would result to economic development in the state.

The governor then charged the board members to ensure peaceful co-existence in all the market in the state, with a view to achieving the objective for economic development.

In his welcome address, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperatives and Empowerment, Mr Ismaila Alagbada, said that the inauguration became necesary because of the vision of the governor to make the state the commercial nerve of the country.

He said that all the markets in the state would be re-organised to be able to serve the purpose for which they were established.

Also speaking, the Chairman, House Committee on Commerce and Cooperatives, Honourable Debo Akanbi, who represented the Speaker of the State House of Assaembly noted that trade and commerce need all the attention that can be got from the government, hence the relevance of the board.

In their seperate goodwill messages, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Enviroment and Sanitation, Mr Bola Ilori and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Mr Samuel Odewumi, enjoined the board members to justify the confidence the governor has reposed in them.
Responsing, the Chairman of the board, Alhaja Awawu Asindemade, praised the various steps taken so far by the governor in moving the state forward.

She promised that the board will do everything it can to achieve the purpose of economic development and move the state forward in the area of trade and commerce.

High point of the occassion included the presentation of keys of 31 buses to leaders of the market women in all the council areas, as well as the key of a Sport Utility Vehicle to the Board Chairman and a 32-seater bus to the executive members.