The Shippers’ Association in Kogi State has called on the Federal Government of Nigeria to establish an export processing centre in the state.
The association said the centre if built would add much value to agricultural commodities meant for export.
It disclosed these to Financial Street in a communique issued at the end of its meeting on Monday, and signed by Mr Habuh-Rajan Suleiman and Mr Donarus Okpe, the president and secretary respectively.
According to the organisation, having such centre in Kogi will aid the economy, boost its commercial status and industrial potential, bringing it at par with the likes of Lagos, Abia and Kano states.
The communique called for the integration of the state into export-related businesses, adding that collaboration between government and the organised private sector is imperative.
The communique called for registration with the association, explaining that there are many benefits.
The association also called on members who benefitted from loans given by Central Bank of Nigeria to endeavour to pay back, in keeping with the terms of agreement.
“There are indications that the increasing army of defaulters may hinder prospective applicants from the state despite new and numerous opportunities in CBN,” it warned.
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