BENIN CITY - THE Benin Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (BENCCIMA) has asked the Edo State government to make good its promise on the completion of the Euboriaria, Auchi and Uromi industrial estates, saying “the initiative has dragged for too long.” Speaking in Benin City at the 37th Annual General Meeting of the chambers last weekend, BENCCIMA president, Chief Martins Esegbe, noted the chamber’s concern at the slow speed the industrial development plan has taken.
He said “the privatisation exercise is commendable, but we urge the state government to therefore expedite action on the fertislizer, chemical and cassavita plants and offer them for sale in the public and private sectors.”
“If implemented “he said “it would create employment, facilitate economic development and impact positively in the standard and quality of life of the people of Edo State.”
The BENCCIMA president noted that the recent failure experienced in the industrial sector of the state was due to the failure of the state government to bring into confidence the chambers on its industrial plans.
He said ‘we are worried that the present administration has not given the chamber enough audience. The BENCCIMA as an apex body should have direct access to the governor to specially review regularly the state economic direction.” Chief Esegbe described the concentration of road construction at the state capital as a factor limiting industrial expansion to other areas. Said he, "we would like to note the effort the state government made in the area of road construction in 2002, although too much of the effort was concentrated in the state capital. We observed that our roads easily fall into state of disrepair and reducing industrial growth".
In his submission at the occasion, the state Commissioner of Commerce and Industry, Philip Olumese represented by a director in the ministry, Mr. Godwin Omoregbe stated that the imputs of the organised private sector towards the industrialisation process of the state is most relevant.
Omovegbe urged the organised private sector not to relent but “assist government by way of advice on policy statements towards the sustenance of these industries as well as establishment of new ones during the second tenure of the administration.