…Flags off International Trade Centre, Inland Port in Dagbolu
By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday flag-off International Trade Centre, saying that the State has entered its season of economic revolution.
Inaugurating the International Trade Centre project, Oyetola noted that the government is poised to transform the socio-economic activities of the State and open it to the International community.
He explained that the need to embark on different developmental projects was part of efforts to rejuvenate the economy for the betterment of the state and good of the citizenry.
The International Trade Centre/Inland Port, a huge employment generator, will sit on 206 hectares and its components include an Inland Dry Port, an Industrial Hub, an International Trade Centre/Railway Platform, a Car-Mart, a Mini Residential Development and a Storage Facilities/Warehouse, saying the project was central to the economic transformation of the State as it was designed to promote trade and commerce in the State and its environ.
He said the establishment of the international market would go a long way to facilitate rapid economic growth and development of the State, generate massive employment opportunities for the unemployed population and encourage massive production of agricultural produce, especially food crops.
Oyetola added that the project, when completed, will reduce road mishaps through haulage of goods by rail and equally serve as a great asset for the State in particular and the country at large as great commercial frontiers would be opened.
The Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye commended the administration of Oyetola for diversifying the economy of the State to meet the desired results in spite of the present economic realities.
He assured the government of continued legislative support in the quest to turn around the socio-economic fortunes of the State.
The Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperatives, Industry and Empowerment, Dr Bode Olaonipekun, disclosed that no fewer than twenty thousand trade and investment promoters have registered with the government adding that the Trade Centre when completed, has the capacity to host thousands of marketers and producers and as well provide jobs for over 10,000 unemployed population.