While defending her ministry’s budget proposal of N1.2bn before the State House of Assembly Committee on Finance and Appropriation, the Ogun State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Kikelomo Longe disclosed that the State Government would upgrade its industrial service centre at Onijanganjangan, Abeokuta in the 2021 fiscal year.
According to Longe, upgrading the service centre will promote the use of indigenous technology and boost the industrialization of the state.
She also stated that the centre, which was established during the Olabisi Onabanjo-led administration required urgent improvement to meet the latest industrial technological advancements, which would enable the fabrication of machines and tools needed by various industries in the state.
She was very optimistic that the upgrade will further create more jobs, boost the naira, as well as aid the country’s fast recovery from the negative effect of the coronavirus pandemic.
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Longe added that the 2021 proposed budget of N1,215,468,435.23 would enable the ministry to generate N1,225,000,000 through road haulage collection, registration of business premises and inspection fee.
She further disclosed that the budget estimate would also enable the ministry to create 18 incubation units and provide laboratory equipment at three technology incubation centres.
She added that it would also establish a quality control laboratory to aid its exploration of various geological sites in the state.