Thursday, 1 November 2012

Federal and state Governments Partner On Industrial Clusters Development

 Minister of Trade and Investment Olusegun Aganga, has said that the Federal Government would work with the state governments and other stakeholders to develop industrial clusters across the country.

Clusters which are concentrations of industries in a particular location or dispersed locations, but joined by a network and carrying out similar operational activities, face common opportunities and challenges, such as using the same or similar raw materials, technologies, expertise and markets.

Speaking when the steering committee on Pan African Competitiveness Forum (PACF) paid him a courtesy visit in Abuja Aganga, who said that the cluster development would be based on the areas where the country had comparative and competitive advantage, stressed that the initiative would boost economic development through job creation and wealth generation.

He said that the Ministry of Trade and Investment was committed to the implementation of its One Local Government One Product (OLOP) scheme.

 The committee, led by the Director-General of the Raw Materials Research and Development Council (RMRDC), Peter Onwualu, had said that the development of modern clusters would lead to the creation of about 30 million jobs across the country.

 “It takes a man with character and good conscience to recognise hard work and recommend another for promotion. Promotion is a call for higher responsibility and it is a way of doing more and not doing less,” Senator Mark urged.
Senator Mark commended the Inspector General of Police, IGP, Mohammed Abubakar for his commitment and dedication to duty even as he counselled him to do more in ensuring peace and security of the nation.
He noted that the Police Force have witnessed tremendous improvement since his emergence as the IGP adding that despite the limited numbers of the men in the profession, the officers can still make greater impact by minimising the socio-vices trend in our society.

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