By Emmanuella Anokam
Abuja, Jan. 19, 2021 The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, has promised to partner with the Ekiti Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture to boost commerce and industry in Ekiti State.
Adebayo also called on industrialists in the state to avail themselves of the opportunities provided by the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to grow their businesses.
Addressing members of the Ekiti chamber in his office on Tuesday, Adebayo counselled them on various programmes of the Federal Government put in place to assist industrialists with credit facilities.
The minister, according to a statement by his Special Assistant on Media, Ifedayo Sayo, urged them to approach relevant agencies of government to help them in promoting their businesses.
He said AfCFTA provided them with a great opportunity to showcase their products to the African continent while emphasising the need for them to pay attention to the quality, for their businesses to survive.
Adebayo urged them to partner with the Industrial Training Fund for the purpose of acquiring more knowledge and skills that could help them in their businesses, noting that some residents of the state were presently undergoing skill acquisition training.
Earlier, President of the chamber, Chief Adesola Ayodele, had sought the cooperation of the minister in getting credit facilities to grow their businesses, saying members would need N300 million loan in this regard.
Ayodele assured the minister that loans given to their members would be judicially spent to boost commerce and industry in the state.
He lauded the efforts of the Federal Government at steering the economy away from recession, particularly in helping owners of businesses with credit facilities following the impact of COVID-19 on the nation’s economy.
Ayodele also appreciated the performance of the minister since he was appointed, saying he had not disappointed the business community with his performance and support for the industrial sector.