Gov. AbdulRahmam AbdulRazaq of Kwara has expressed his government’s determination to focus greater attention on small and medium scale enterprises and agro-processing.
AbdulRazaq said this when he met with the participants of Course 28 of the National Defence College, who were on a study tour of Kwara State in his office in Ilorin on Wednesday.
“Kwara State under us is engaging with various companies to grow small and medium scale businesses.
“We are also encouraging bigger corporations to deepen their investments here.
“Very soon, the Kwara State Social Investment Programme will come on stream, especially targeted at lifting the poorest out of poverty line, empowering the artisans and small business owners and teaching skills to thousands of others.
“We do not claim to know it all. Please feel free to offer us your own insights on how to achieve more in our journey to build a viable state,” he added.
The governor called for urgent diversification of the Nigerian economy to lessen national reliance on crude oil.
According to him, the country must invest in agriculture and small and medium scale enterprises.
“Our security as a country is directly linked to our ability to engage our population in productive endeavour and guarantee food security,” AbdulRazaq added.
The governor described the theme of the study tour: “Economic Diversification and National Development in Nigeria” as very apt.
“The time has come for us to diversify our economy and drive growth to cope with our surging population,’ the governor said.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Commodore Henry Hassan commended the state governor for his giant stride in helping the people.
“The unusual way of mobilising your men to go the grassroots and see things for themselves stand you out as a great leader,