Following a 60-day ultimatum given to residents of Ogun State to get vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe has called on industries operating in the State to encourage their employees to get vaccinated.
Longe made the call during a tour of Olam Nigeria Limited and the TGI Group in Sagamu, stating that through the support of industries, the government would consolidate on the successes recorded towards flattening the curve of the pandemic.
She commended the companies for enforcing the COVID-19 guidelines, assuring that the present administration would continue to improve the ease of doing business, to enable businesses to thrive, as well as, attract more investments into the State.
“We are playing an advocacy role and mobilising the industries so that they can also mobilise their workers to get vaccinated. Beyond the workers, they can also encourage their direct families, so they can be part of the targeted 2 million people who will be vaccinated. We want to make sure all industries in Ogun State tap into this mass vaccination programme”, the Commissioner said.
She called on the industries to tap into the advantages derivable from the State Agro-cargo airport which the present administration is currently constructing and the Economic Development Clusters (EDC), as well as, the African Development Bank Special Agro-processing Zone which is being established in the State.
The Commissioner added that industries would also have the opportunity of getting the quality assurance approval of their products with the Afrexim Quality Assurance Centre, which would soon commence operation in the State.
In his remark, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Industry, Trade and Investment, Chief Remi Ogunmefun, assured that the Ministry would continue to provide necessary assistance for industries and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises to flourish, urging them to continue to relate with the government.
Also speaking, the Group Director, Corporate Services, TGI Group, Sagamu, Mr. Michael Onabola, re-affirmed the company’s commitment to relate with the government, adding that all of its workers had been vaccinated through the support of the State government.
Contributing, the Business Managing Director, Olam Nigeria Limited, Mr. Mayank Paliwal, lauded the government’s support towards the development of industries operating in the State, saying that the organisation was willing to tap into the advantages of the agro-cargo airport project, the Economic Development Clusters (EDC), as well as the Afrexim Quality Assurance Center, as it continues to increase its export volume to the international market.