Towards industrialisation and job creation as well as effective development of raw material, Ogun State Government has shown its readiness to partner the Raw Material, Research and Development Council (RMRDC), under the Federal Ministry of Science and Technology.

In a familiarization visit to Ogun State Raw Material Resource Centre, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr Adeola Odedina said, activities at the resource centre key into Ogun State agenda for industrialisation, strategic partnership and job creation, hence the need to collaborate and make the agenda a reality.

The Commissioner, according to the Information Officers, Ahmed Taofeek and Tunwase Dokunmu, state that “our focus is on industrialisation, job creation and strategic partnership. Ogun State is one of the biggest Agro-investment facility and opportunity in Nigeria and most of the companies that have been attracted here depend solely on primary raw materials. So will not relent in working in our bid to support sustainability of raw materials so that companies don’t close shops.

“In terms of sensitisation and capacity building, we are strongly pursuing our agenda on strategic partnership and linkage with all agencies both locally and internationally that have mandate to support farmers and farming operations in the state. We also link them with smart farmers that can access credit, technology and provide raw materials”, Odedina said.

He noted that, the collaboration would offer mutual opportunity for farmers and investors in the state, as raw materials being used for various commodities are primarily sourced from farm, stating that government has created enabling environment for interested farmers to produce in industrial capacity, the resource centres would link them to industries.

According to the Commissioner, “This is a win-win situation for us in Ogun State. Our role is to do proper linkage between our people and agric opportunities in accessing land, credit or other opportunities. We also have relationship with various agro-processing companies. We will partner with you because our mandate fits to yours”.

Earlier, the Ogun State Coordinator, RMRDC, Mr Kayode Abiola, disclosed that the raw material centre was created in 1987 under decree 39 to work on various investment potentials in agriculture and solid minerals, thereby support and expedite industrial development across the nation.

He added that the centre also
carries out research to identify industrial needs and help to increase their production level, as well as encourage producers to add value to agro-services, and that informed why they want to collaborate Ministry of Agriculture to link farmers.

He pointed out that parts of the mandate of the Agency was to promote, support and expidite development in all its 36 states offices with a view to developing potential in the Agriculture sector.

“Our focus is to increase production level of the state, collaborate relevant stakeholders like the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), the Nigeria Association of Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines and Agriculture ( NACCIMA) in order to meet industrial needs in terms of raw materials source”, he said.

He added that the Agency will continue to build synergy with the State Government to look into ways of benefitting from Agricultural commodity boosting and raw materials useful for food, saying they are also beaming their searchlight to know the available resources of each state based on comparative advantage.

Afterwards, processing facilities at the centre were inspected, part of which include, plastic and foam materials, food and beverages materials, wood products, pulp and paper products, chemical and pharmaceutical, among others.

Ahmed Taofeek & ‘Tunwase Dokunmu, Press Officers Ministry of Agriculture