Report by Mariam Adams
In the bid to accelerate socio-economic growth and development in Kogi State, Kogi State Ministry of Commerce and Industry has expressed her willingness to work with National Productivity Centre (NPC) to achieve this aim.
The decision to work in partnership was reached when the State Coordinator of NPC, Achimugu Aladi led members of her management team on a visit to the Ministry in Lokoja.
Aladi said productivity is crucial to greater development in the State as well as the Country as a whole.
She added that “It is against this background that we at NPC wish to explore new Windows of Collaboration with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry to enhance the realization of our organizations mandates and common goals of sustainable growth and development in the State economy”.
In his response,the Hon Commissioner Ministry of Commerce and Industry Hon Gabriel Olofu said that the synergy was a natural necessity and emphasized that there cannot be development without productivity.
He stated that the Ministry is charged with the responsibility to foresee all commercial and industrial activities in the State hence productivity is critical in achieving this focus.
As part of the strategy to improve on the state productivity, the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and NPC agreed to collaborate in implementing NPC Productivity and Quality Improvement programme for Small and Medium Enterprise(SMEs) to enhance productivity.