The Kwara Coalition of Business and Professional Association (KWACOBPA) has called on the state government to look into pervading insecurity in business environment in the state.
The call was contained in a presentation during the virtual launch and unveiling of Kwara state business agenda.
Business owners in the country and abroad, including the state governor, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq who was represented by the state Commissioner for Enterprise, Wahab Femi Agbaje participated at the virtual launch.
In a presentation of 2018 research findings on five priority issues critical for growth and development of business environment in the state, the Coalition led by its Chairman, Doctor Ahmed Raji, identified highway and bank robbery as top security challenge against business climate.
The findings, presented on behalf of the coalition by Oladeji Ebunlomo, suggested the installation of 70 solar power circuits at every business area, purchase of additional armored personnel tanks and 120 security patrol vans which should be equipped with vehicular radio communication system.
The coalition also called for revival of the state joint security patrol outfit, codenamed Operation Harmony, to combat security challenge, as well as provision of job opportunities.
The research findings, which also identified deplorable road network in the state, called on the state government to see to reconstruction or completion of Ajase-Ipo-Offa, Share-Lafiagi, Kaiama-Kishi, Omu Aran-Oro Ago and Alapa-Igbeti roads to encourage business environment.
It also called for establishment of business clusters in the state to encourage both local and foreign investors, “as no recognized industrial business clusters in the state”, while the coalition also recommended the setup of a standard industrial park, “that will accommodate about 100 industries and laid out with access roads, railway line, high power electricity/ gas supply, and water supply. The management should be put under public/private arrangement to guarantee continuity”.
The coalition, which said that there is serious waste management problem in the state, added that there is ineffective waste collection/evacuation in most parts of the state.
It therefore recommended that government should set up dump sites in major cities in the state, saying that private entities should be made to manage it in order to make it lucrative, “in form of commercialization”.
On tourism development, the coalition identified tourist centres such as Owu Water fall, Arandun Warm spring, Imoleboja Rock Centre, and Asa Dam Inland Bridge among others, saying that lack of infrastructural facility like potable water, road and electricity had negatively affected tourism growth in the state.
In his remarks at the programme, the representative of the governor, Agbaje assured the the present administration under AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq is doing everything possible to create enabling environment to boost business in the state.
He promised to partner with KWACOBPA in making the state a business hub and thereby create employment opportunities for the young graduates.
KWACOBPA are owners of business enterprise and industry in Kwara state.