Chairman and President of Ibadan based Impact Business Radio, Mr. Owolabi Oladejo has called for sustained synergy among firms in the region south western states of Lagos, Ogun, Oyo, Ekiti and Ondo as part of efforts to tackle the challenge of unemployment in the region.
According to Oladejo, under the arrangement, established companies should provide assistance and mentor up-coming firms in the area of packaging, research and aggressive marketing.
Oladejo spoke at a press conference in Ibadan accompanied by the President of the Ibadan Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Princess Abosede Amusan-Ogunnaike; Project Director, Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Mr. Yanju Adegbite and representative from the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN), Mr. Seye Oyeleye, Oladejo noted as part of efforts to ensure synergy among companies in the region, a summit has been slated for November 18 to 25, 2016, in Ibadan, Oyo State to discuss in details how to improve on finances and employment opportunities in the region.
“The Impact South-West Economic Development (ISEDE 2016) which will span over eight days. It will afford participants the opportunity for networking with prospective partners and vast marketing opportunities and hopefully re-establish South West’s role as trendsetters in wealth creation and economic development by promoting existing businesses in the region, encouraging new entrants and assisting in linking other businesses,” he said.
He said the summit is tagged: “ISEDE 2016-F.A.C.T for Economic Development.”
The programme is designed to cover strategic industries with high potential for economic development and empowerment stimulation across West region and indeed Nigeria. ISEDE 2016 would focus on Fashion, Agriculture, Construction and Technology (FACT), using four strategies; “Show Them, Tell Them, Link Them and Reward Them.”
He explained that exhibitors and sponsors of ISEDE 2016 have the opportunity to connect with potential clients, build brand recognition with their target market, showcase their company, introduce new products/services and increase their exposure.
“The audience will include decision-makers like federal, state and local governments, corporate bodies, competitors, buyers and members of the public. We will be extremely excited to have such an esteemed gathering of highly experienced and accomplished ladies and gentlemen gathered in Ibadan to discuss and seek ways out of the economic and social doldrums that the South West region and indeed Nigeria has found herself. Most of our invitees are known to be nostalgic about the South West of old, their experience as entrepreneurs, successful managers of men and material is invaluable and we hope that the exchange with leaders will help reinvent the South West economically and socially,” he said.
Oladejo noted that ISEDE 2016 will connect people from within Wester n region and across other regions to promote maximum utilisation of “our natural resources, promote mass employment, reduce poverty, strengthen business growth, generate innovative, sustainable solution and enhance regional economic development.”