Hon. Commissioner for Commerce and Industry
ACTIVITIES OF THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
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.
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
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.
Land up to
N140, 000 hectares to be sourced for and the targeting farmers are 140,000 in population.
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.
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
ACTIVITIES/EVENTS IN THE MINISTRY OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY FOR AUGUST 2017
DIRECTORATE OF INVESTMENT PROMOTION:
The directorate on the 8th of August 2017 paid a courtesy call on the Onu of Itobe to intimate him and the members of his council of governmentreadiness to commence work on the industrial city (free-trade zone) project. In company of the government officials are the members of investors of the Industrial City who were received by the Onu and his council members and assure them of their total support for the take off of the project.
The Kogi state Ministry of Commerce and Industry was invited by the Lagos State Chamber of Commerce and Industry to participate in the upcoming Investment submit on the 29th August, 2017 a memo has been made and submitted to His Excellency the executive Governor for approval.
In another development, the Federal Ministry of Industry trade and Investment in collaboration with Cocoa Association of Nigeria supported by the International Cocoa Organization (ICCO) and African Export-Import Bank (Afrexim Bank) invited the Kogi state Commerce and Industry to attend the 1st (first) International Cocoa Summit scheduled to take place in Abuja Nigeria on the 28th– 30th August, 2017.
The ministry on the 7th August, 2017 conducted Internal Screening of her uncleared staff. The department also attended a workshop organized by the Kogi State town Planners Association of NigeriaKogi State Chapter at the Federal University Lokoja on the 22nd August, 2017.
The Acting Permanent Secretary on the 30th August, 2017 was in Government house for the defense of unclear staff of the Ministry.
SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISE (SME):
A workshop on how to encourage and empower Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) in Kogi State was organized by Small and Medium Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on the 29th August, 2017 at Mis Tee Restaurant Lokoja.
A business breakfast under Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) programme scheme was held on the 12 August 2017 at Kesty Hotels Lokoja. Theme:Motivation and Integrity in the SME business
Forty (40) new cooperative societies were registered in the month of August 2017 and a total of forty nine (49) old certificates were revalidated. Also in the month of August the department referred the dissolution of the Cooperative Federation to the legal department for her legal advice.
DIRECTORATE OF COMMERCE:
A meeting was held by the directorate with the heads of zonal commercial officers on the 1st Aug 2017, the officers were told to be transparent in their official assignment or face governmentwrought, as the administration of His Excellency Yahaya Bello has zero tolerance for corruption and does not condone any form of insincerity and abuse of office as no staff will go un-punished if caught violating financial regulations and the director advice them to be committed to their duties with all transparency and accountability
In another development, the director of Commerce alongside the desk officer and the Internal Auditor of the Ministry visited Isanlu, Kabba Commercial zones to sensitize business operators on the need to pay their revenue into Government account themselves and promptly too. Then take their tellers to the office for exchange of government e-receipt. In the same vein, the commercial officers were advised to sit tight and leave up to their responsibilities as laxity on the side of the staff will not be treated with kids glove and implore them to work extra hard to bring the much expected change and enhance revenue generation in their zones. The visit started on 29th Tuesday through Wednesday30th August, 2017.
DIRECTORATE OF PLANNING RESEARCH AND STATISTICS:
A five (5) day workshop on medium term sector (MTSS) was organized by the Ministry of Budget and Planning (MB&P) from the 21st – 25th August 2017 in Lokoja with the PRS directorate in attendance. Workshop Theme: Finalization of draft MTSS documentation, a preparatory stage of the budget.
Collation and submission of 2018 work plan for Ministry of Commerce and Industry to office of the Secretary to the State Government on the 5th September, 2017.
Submission of mid-year first and second quarter progress report on the Kogi State Medium Term Expenditure Plan to Ministry of budget and planning 17th August, 2017.
Submission of request for input into the review of National Integrated Infrastructure Master Plan (NIIMP) and development of the NIIMP First Operational delivery Plan (FOP) 2017-2018 to the ministry of Budget and Planning on the 17 August 2017.
KOGI STATE CONSUMER SHOP (KOPECS):
There was a rehabilitation of security gate and indeed the renovations of dilapidated wall and floor of the (Hall) shop. The shop now wears a new look.
Our sales for the month of August were adversely affected as we witness a low patronage from the public due to seasonal sales of food items.
However, we hope to improve on our stock by September to meet public demand and thereby boost our revenue Generation.