Ondo State Government has tasked Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) to ensure that it functioned optimally with modern facilities and that it should ensure that the much-celebrated 48-hour clearance at ports come to reality.
Otunba Timehin Adelegbe, the state Commissioner for Commerce, Industry and Cooperative Services, stated this on Friday in Akure at one-day seminar organised by Nigerian Shippers Council.
The theme of the seminar was: ‘Economic Regulation: Facilitation of a New Port Order in Export and Import Trade.’
Adelegbe stated that it was pertinent to note that reduction of trade barriers must be accompanied by other policies and institutional reforms that would enhance the local investible environment as well as growth in productivity.
The commissioner said that such sustainable programme required mutually-reinforcing policies geared at ensuring promoting sustainable growth.
He enjoined Federal Government to support the yearning of Ondo State Government and its citizenry on establishment of seaport at the coastal area of the state.
According to him, the state is an agrarian society that supplied a reliable percentage of Nigeria’s agricultural produce.
Adelegbe assured potential investors to the state that the present administration of Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu, would continue to create the necessary enabling and conducive economic environment for vital areas of the economy, for either domestic or foreign based industrial consumption.
He, therefore, urged the participants to participate meaningfully and that they should examine all issues raised with objectivity and come up with apt 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 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.