By Abiodun Lawal, Abeokuta.
The Ogun State Government says it will resuscitate the modern garri processing factory at Ode-Remo in Remo-North Local Government Area, through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs Kikelomo Longe, gave the assurance in Abeokuta on Wednesday at a meeting with representatives of the Remo Growth and Development Foundation.
The group had earlier sought the state government’s intervention in the resuscitation of the factory, which stopped operation in 2019.
The commissioner said that Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s administration was committed to boosting job creation, alleviating poverty and promoting food security in the state.
Longe said that the state government was also willing to ensure that the factory started working again, so as to boost livelihood of the people and enable the residents of the area to optimise the benefits of the state agro-cargo airport.
She explained that the airport, which was expected to be completed soon and the Special Agro-Processing Zone (SAPZ), were in close proximity to the Garri processing factory.
“The airport and the Special Agro-processing Zone (SAPZ) will be game changer for the state. The projects will put the entire Ilishan area and Ogun State on the world map.
“It is important that clusters like this are gotten right. Again, we want the garri processing factory to be a model factory. So, if we get it right, we are going to replicate it in other parts of the state,” she said.
Longe, therefore, called for an assessment of the current condition of the facility, stressing that all relevant stakeholders should be engaged, while relevant timelines for the execution of the project should be indicated.
In his remarks, Remi Ogunmefun, Special Adviser to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, assured the people that the Abiodun-administration would support the Foundation in getting the project working again.
Ogunmefun said that it was important to consider the significant economic impact which the project would have on entrepreneurs involved in the cassava value chain.
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr Olu-Ola Aikulola, commended the Foundation and encouraged others to emulate the group.
Also, the General Secretary of the Foundation, Mr Wole Awe, said that the group was interested in the revival of garri processing factory to facilitate the economic growth of the residents of the neighbourhood.
Awe said that the group was pleased with the PPP arrangement for the project.