From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Kogi Shippers Association has resolved to collaborate with Nigeria Shippers’Council to remove all obstacles confronting import and export businesses especially export of agricultural produce in the state.
A communiqué issued at of the end of the association’s maiden post-inaugural Executive Committee meeting on Sunday in Lokoja said the resolve would enable members derive greater value from their investments.
Signed by Mr Habu-Rajan Suleiman, and Mr Donatus Okpe, President and Publicity Secretary respectively, the communiqué expressed the association’s readiness to assist exporters of agricultural produce in the state.
This, it added, would enable them to add value to the commodities and attract competitive prices in international market, thereby, boosting the nation’s non-oil exports.
The communiqué said that the Shippers’ Association would leverage on the support and cooperation of the Nigerian Shippers’ Council and work hard to remove all export and import obstacles.
The association, according to the communiqué, reviewed the present socio-economic condition of the state and came up with ideas expected to stimulate the economy and as well, enhance import and export businesses.
It further stated that the association had resolved to embark on public enlightenment and membership mobilisation drive through the media as part of efforts to change the prevailing narratives.
The Communiqué added that the association planned to consider existing Commodity Associations in the state as members to jointly take import and export businesses to higher pedestal and strive for economic prosperity.
“The Executive Committee considered the list of Commodity Associations existing in the state and felt the irrevocable need to invite them into the association to form a formidable front to achieve economic prosperity in the state”, it said.
According to the communiqué, the association also constituted some Service Committees to drive its current resolve.
They include; Finance Committee, Insurance Brokers, Taxation and Commercial Law; Research and Development; Science and Technology; Steel and Allied Vacation; Art, Crafts and Textiles.
Others are Specialized Publication; Membership Mobilisation; Women in Agric and Women in Business
Our Correspondent reports that the Kogi Shippers’ Association new Executive Committee was inaugurated on February 13, to lead the body for two years.