By Edna Morgan
Thursday 8th December, 2016, Lagos state chambers of commerce and industry held its stakeholders summit with the theme “WALKING HAND IN HAND TO MOVE AGRICULTURE FORWARD”.The welcome and opening speech was delivered by chief Dr. Mrs Nike Akande, CON, President of LCCI who was represented by the Vice president of LCCI Mr Paul Babatunde according to her, Agricultural sector is expected to play a pivotal role towards developing the GDP of a country.
She therefore calls on the government to continue to collaborate with the private sector and create a more enabling environment for investors and farmers in the Agricultural sector. She concluded by acknowledging the presence of Honourable Ganiu Okanlawon Sanni the special Adviser to the Lagos state Governor, Darkey Africa, the consul General of south Africa to Nigeria and other dignitaries present at the event.
Hon Ganiu Okanlawon Sanni Special Adviser to Lagos state Governor on food security brings good news from the office of the Governor to LCCI and stakeholders at the summit. He congratulates the Lagos State Chambers of Commerce and Industry, LCCI for a for timely initiative in agreeing with the the plan of the government to diversify agriculture. He informed stakeholders and everyone present about how the Government is fully participating in many world bank assisted programmes to strengthen and develop Agricultural sector in the country.
He also expatiated the collaboration with Kebbi State concerning the rice delivery and package which the state government is working towards for the benefit of lagosians. The Rice is titled “Lake Rice” it will be sold at N13,000 by the Lagos State Government for the benefits of Lagosians during the yuletide season.
Darkey Africa,the Consul General of South Africa to Nigeria speaks more on the fact that Agriculture has always been integral to the development ofh African society. He noted that Agriculture is a seasonal thing but the products of Agriculture are bound.
He further stressed the need for the two countries, Nigeria and South Africa to strengthen its ties and trade business,he believes if South Africa and NIgeria dont grow or develop well in all sectors,the African continent cannot develop.
Culled by Edna Morgan