Elumelu tasks government on easy land allocations to entrepreneurs for agribusiness
by RAZAQ AYINLA, Abeokuta
April 28, 2016 | 11:37 am| | | Start Conversation
Having observed some harsh economic factors that impede ease of doing business in Nigeria over time, Tony Elumelu, founder, The Tony Elumelu Foundation, has tasked government at all levels to remove bureaucratic bottlenecks that impede easy and quick allocation of land to serious investors and entrepreneurs in agricultural and manufacturing sectors of the Nigerian economy.
Elumelu said that wealth and employment opportunities could not be created if only aids and grants were made available to willing entrepreneurs, but enabling business environment and support from government should be added, saying Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) could only mentor applicants, might not create enabling environment like states do.
Speaking in Abeokuta on behalf of Elumelu shortly after a working visit to Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State on Wednesday, Abimbola Adebakin, chief operating officer of TEEP, noted that 29.6 percent of 45,000 TEEP applicants in 2016 showed interests in agribusiness, while the rest wanted to specialise in manufacturing, IT, health, education, among others, for 12 week-training, hence there was a need to ease allocation of land to such entrepreneurs.
He said: “We won’t source land, but government should see that as one of the things entrepreneurs need is land. For instance, one of the mentors sent us a note, he can’t be here, he has a farm in Mowe in Ogun State, that has 200,000 birds and he said the government should please sign C of O on time, that this is losing money for Ogun State. These are the kind of things we are bringing to their (government) attention.”
Responding on behalf of Ogun State government, Bimbo Ashiru, commissioner of commerce and industry, said TEEP was in consonance with the state government’s drive to stimulate economy through entrepreneurship development, pledging the support of the state for the programme, just as he added that Nigerians should encourage new set of entrepreneurs being produced by government and foundations like Tony Elumelu Foundation, by patronising and consuming their products as against imported goods.
He said: “What we need to do now is to thank Tony Elumelu for doing this; creating awareness and helping people with his foundation, to create wealth and jobs for the people. Job creation is very important, but what is more important is patronage and their packaging must be good also, so that they can have customers. We have been doing that and talking about people being employers of labour here in Ogun State.”
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