Managing Director of treasures bakery and confectioneries in Lokoja, Kogi State, Dr. Femi Akande, has challenged well meanings Kogi investors and Nigerians to locate their business in the state to reduce high rate of youth unemployment in the state and its capital in particular.
Akande, whose father was a former governor of the state in 1991 gave the charge recently in Lokoja when he received Entrepreneur Champions Award from the Built Environment and Building Materials Exhibition ( BEBM ) .
He noted that the business climate in Lokoja, the Kogi state capital was not different from what is obtained in other parts of the country, urged all well-meaning Kogites to invest in the state.
He described the state as a land that flows with milk and honey, stressing that the initial challenges of power and infrastructure can be surmounted through conscious efforts to succeed.
“It is not easy setting up business in Kogi, but then, it is nice if you start. Don’t be discouraged by the daunting challenges. I want to believe that the challenge is the same all over the country.
“I encourage Kogites to see Lokoja as an investment hub in the country. This is a place that you will not regret when you invest. Investing in the state even a branch of your businesses will go a long way in reducing crime and criminality.
According to him, “While I was building treasures, my friends said, hey, Femi, why tie down your investment. Why not Lagos, Port Harcourt and Abuja where you can get quick returns on the investment. I told them, this is my state, we can equally have good edifice here that will improve the lives of our people.
“In our employment, we have quite a lot of youth. The Police Community Relations Committee (PCRC) gave me award for the spread of our employment, for keeping the society safe and I said no, and they said it is true and they pointed the number of youths in the organization, it dawn on me that in contributing to the upliftment of the youth.” He challenged. In his remark, the Managing Director of BEBM, Engr. Bayo Mekakese, said the organization considered his decision to establish the business in Lokoja despites all odds as rediscovering of the state.
He described the action of the recipient as a deliberate contribution to the economic rejuvenation of Lokoja since; most of the multinational businesses located in the state have stopped operations due to blockage of the Rivers Niger and Benue.