SUNDAY, 28 APRIL 2013 20:03
FROM ALEMMA-OZIORUVA ALIU, BENIN CITY NEWS - NATIONAL
AS part of efforts to improve socio-economic activities of Edo State, the government would soon partner the Manufacturers’ Association of Nigeria (MAN) to build an industrial park that would generate employment for residents.
The Guardian learnt at the weekend that representatives of the state government and those of MAN would this week have an inspection tour of the site designated for the project.
Chairman of MAN, Edo and Delta states’ chapter, Humphrey Emuobor Masodje, during a courtesy visit to the Government House Sunday, said the state was overdue for industrial park to manage industrial clusters and as such, recommended that the government grants consent to the Organised Private Sector to manage and partner government on the utilisation of the industrial park along Sakponba Road.
The state government said it has a strategic plan for the sector that would run till 2016. “A section of the strategic plan deals with industrial policy. The plan, which goes on to 2016, is such that any other government that comes will have a flow in and continue from there and can also adjust what needs to be adjusted,” the Secretary to State Government, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, said.
As for the technical committee on the industrial policy, Ihonvbere said: “We can work on that, we can get some people from your side and from our side to look at the policy positions of government and fine-tune them and see where we go.
“For the industrial park, maybe sometimes next week, the state chairman and myself would go and look at the designated area and you can be rest assured that on the basis of the proposal, we can meet the governor.”
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