The Ondo State Government, has tasked the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA) to provide modern facilities for its operations so that the 48-hour clearance target at the ports could come to a reality.
Mr Timehin Adelegbe, the Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative Services, made this appeal last weekend in Akure at a one-day seminar, organised by the Nigerian Shippers Council.
The theme of the seminar was: “Economic Regulation: Facilitation of a New Port Order in Export and Import Trade.’’
Adelegbe said that the reduction of trade barriers must be accompanied by other policies and institutional reforms that would enhance investments in the local environment as well as growth in productivity.
The commissioner said that such a sustainable programme required a mutually-reinforcing policies geared towards the promotion of sustainable growth.
He enjoined the Federal Government to support the yearning of the State Government and its citizenry on the establishment of a seaport in the coastal area of the state.
According to him, the state is an agrarian society that supplies a reliable percentage of the Nigeria’s agricultural produce.
Adelegbe assured potential investors that the present Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu administration would continue to create the necessary enabling economic environment for investment.
He, therefore, urged the participants to examine all issues discussed with objectivity and come up with relevant recommendations that would assist the government and others interested in maritime trade.
“Ondo State will always play its roles effectively in rendering adequate support for all programmes that would assist in improving international trade to the state.
“For instance, in view of the importance of export and import trade to the development of our nation, Ondo State has put in place some structures to facilitate the ease of doing business,” he said.
He listed the measures to include: the ease of obtaining Certificate of Occupancy (C of O) for land acquisition and the establishment of the Ondo State Development and Investment Agency.
According to him, these measures are expected to guide investors and accelerate the pace of industrial development in the state.