Apparently disturbed by low level of private sector driven activities in Kebbi State, the pioneer Executive Secretary of Kebbi Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture Mal Abubakar Bagudu Dallatun Kalgo has called for urgent repositioning of the Chamber to play it’s role as coordinating body of Organised Private Sector in the State.
The former Secretary frowned at the attitude of Businessmen in the State in which they crowd around the Governments for Contracts instead of investing in productive ventures that can drive the economy.
As an agrarian State where over 90% of the population is involved in Agriculture; investments in Commodity processing become imperative therefore attention of the Business Community should veer towards establishment of agro based small and medium industries to justify our place as the nation’s Agricultural hub.
” I want use this medium to commend the economic policy direction of the present Administration under Senator Abubakar Atiku Bagudu that tilts towards exploring the abundance of Agriculture for optimal growth and development: noting the presence of multi Million Dollars Investements wooed to the State in Rice, Tomatoes, Cassava and Sugarcane processing for sustainable economic development of Kebbi State” Kalgo emphasized.
It is also noteworthy that the establishment of Labana, WACOT, Lolo Rice Mills has paved the way for many other Small and Medium scale Mills to spring up thereby creating competetiveness and quality control in the Rice Value Chain for the good of the State.
This development was made possible because of the enabling environment provided by the State Government through ensuring power stability and liberal Taxation regime in the State : He added.
Mal Abubakar Kalgo recalled that the establishment of the Chamber in 1994 after the Creation of the State was possible due to contributions of it’s founding fathers namely Late Yahaya Usman Dangaladiman Gwandu as pioneer Technical Committee Chairman with Gen Muhammadu Magoro, Alh Usman Abubakar Dandare, Alh Haliru Gumburajo, Lates Alh Abbas Bello, Alh Muhammadu Mainasara Mainaco, Alh Sahabi Sami Bunun Zuru as members that provided sound leadership that formed the nucleus of it’s foundation.
The Chamber went on to host one of the most successful Joint Domestic Trade Fairs in 1997 which opened up the State to the outside World and marked the beginning of many individuals and Organizations to venture in various sectors of the economy.
With it’s strategic position as a major gateway to West Africa; Kebbi State could make significant breakthrough in Commercial transactions if the Chamber could be repositioned to handle it’s responsibility of stimulating robust economic activities tailored towards sustainability, empowerment and employment creation to the teeming number of youth and Women in the State. We must leverage on the current closure of land boarders and other incentives embedded in the Federal Government diversification agenda to improve the economic base of the State.