MINISTRY OF COMMERCE

Alh. Sanusi Usman Yahaya

Hon. Commissioner for Commerce and Industry

ACTIVITIES OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY

Brief Background

At the creation of Kogi State in 1991, the ministry of Commerce and Industry was one of the Ministries set up to carry out the State Government activities. It was charged with the responsibility of overseeing the Commercial and Industrial activities for the economic development and social wellbeing of the State. Like other ministries, the ministry of Commerce and Industry is headed by a commissioner, assisted by the Permanent Secretary and six Directors who head each of the departments into which the ministry is structured.

Trade and Commerce

Policy Thrust of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry

The focus of policy in this area is to exploit the full potentials and expand trade and commerce in the State to ensure that products from agricultural and industrial activities have access to markets locally  and internationally. The aim is to provide adequate employment opportunities which will lead to poverty reduction and increased income levels.

OUTCOMES

The following will be delivered during the Blueprint period:

Improved volume and value of the trade activities in the State;

Improved import and export opportunities in the State;

Increased contribution of trade and commerce to GDP and IGR of the State.

To increase employment generated by trade and commerce by 20% per annum over the period 2017 to 2019

To increase the growth rate of SME by 20% annually at the end of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

To increase IGR from trade and commerce by 30% annually over the period 2016 to 2019.

In addition, the ministry has regional and area offices in the three geo-political zones and local government areas (L.G.As.) respectively.

A meeting of the executive members of Nigerian Export promotion Council (NEPC)  and State  committee in Export Promotion Council (SEPC) was held on 20th February, 2017.

The purpose of the meeting was:-

  • Sensitize on the  issue of “ONE STATE ONE PRODUCT” Educate on strategic for successful  implementation and
  • Advice on formation of sub-committee and their responsibility
  • Adoption of products for the state
  • At the general meeting held, the Nigeria export provision council  announced that cashew crop has been adopted for Kogi State under the policy of “ONE STATE ONE PRODUCT”

FORMATION OF SUB-COMMITTEE

Four subcommittee were formed as follows:-

Committee on project implement strategy

Committee on production/cooperative Society, formation and operation

Committee on production, project monitoring

Co-ordinating committee

Committee on project implementation strategy

The committee meeting is schedule for 27th April, 2017 deliberate on finding and strategies for operation of all committees.

On the 23rd of April 2017, the department of cooperatives within the week registered Seven new cooperatives Societies.  It also recertified 19 old societies.

Also the department is processing about 15 new cooperative societies for registration and recertification of about 17 old certificates for registration.

Also within the week, the department was engaged in trying to settle a cooperative dispute on Ijoyi Agricultural cooperative society limited.

On the 24th April 2017, the Ministry had a meeting with the representative of Arewa Cotton ginnery Ltd   on the way forward on the partnership issue earlier entered into by the State Government and the company as regards the establishment of Kogi ginnery Ltd at Ajaokuta.

The Ministry met with the State Coordinator of the Raw materials Research and Development Council and has started collaborating with the office of the establishment of Raw material display centre in the Ministry that will attract investors to the State.

The ministry in collaboration with the Bureau for Public Private Partnership has submitted to the Ministry of Justice the reviewed Memorandum of Understanding  (MOU) between International Trans oil  Corporation (the investor) and the State Government  on the Confluence Sugar Company at Ibaji for their standardization and stamping before signing of the MOU for take-off of the project.

 

Kogi Coalition of Business and Professional association paid advocacy visit to Hon. Commissioner of Commerce and Industry.  Alh. Sanusi Usman Yahaya on 24th April, 2017 in His office.  The Coalition group were on a visit to assess effort of the Government in addressing the following issues in  order to promote Business activities: security lack of access to credit by MSMES, infrastructure deficits. Poor sanitation and waste management, and lack of Business Incubation Centre.

On 28th of April, 2017, the Ministry opened an operational account at Access Bank ltd in compliance with the directive based on the New Treasury Single Account (T.S.A.). The Honourable commissioner also met with the office of the accountant general as to enable the ministry open a project account.

The Ministry received six officers transferred from Kogi state Revenue Services (KSRS). This will reduce the staff shortage experienced by the ministry.

27th of April, 2017 official inauguration of sub-committee member on project implementation strategy and they held their maiden meeting on their 4th May 2017, on the 5th of May 2017, all zonal officers and their staff on revenue drive by serving demand notices to Business premises for on registration and renewals. They also were involved in the sensitization of business operators on the new rates signed into law.

 

KOGI STATE EXPORT PROMOTION COMMITTEE MEETING (KEPC)

A SUB-COMMITTEE MEETING FROM THE FOURTH MAY, 2017 IN THE OFFICE OF THE AG. PERM SEC.

During the meeting, roles of the sub-committee were intensively discussed and pointed out as below.

1).     Finalization on products to be adopted by the state. Here cashew crop was adopted under the policy of Nigeria Export Promotion Council on one state one product. Other export product earmarks for production are: Cassava, Beniseed and Groundnut.

2).     Targets:

Land up to N140, 000 hectares to be sourced for and the targeting farmers are 140,000 in population.

3).     Volume/output

The expected production within the first year will be 60,000 metric tonnes and the committee is targeting 200,000 metric tonnes within 3 years.

It is suggested that we should start with 20 hectares this 2017.

4).     Commercial farming.

The whole process should be under commercial farming which involve the use of fertilizer, motorized sprayers, saw, tractor and the used of improved seeding. The use of improved storage facilities cannot be left out. This involves the use of solar storage facilities.

Challenges

1.    Land clearing to meet up the CBN requirement.

2.    Registration of farmers need mobilization

3.    To get improved seedlings fund is required.

Advice: Government intervention is highly solicited for

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