Afeez Hanafi

The Lagos State Government has  said it is planning  to  take advantage of   cocoa value chain  production to enhance food security and employment opportunities in the state.

The state ministry of agriculture said  the plan would be kick-started with the maiden  Eko Chocolate show organised by Eti-Oni Development Group in partnership with the state government.

 A statement on Monday by the Director, Public Affairs of the ministry, Tunbosun Ogunbanwo,  said  the Permanent Secretary, Dr Olayiwole Onasanya, promised that the partnership would help to achieve a  sustainable cocoa economy in the country.

Onasanya, who spoke through the Director, Agric Business, Mrs Aramide Ganzallo, at a press conference  to signal the partnership and the exhibition, said the programme  would help  attract investors  to the country.

He said, “The cocoa value chain has a lot of potential that can be harnessed which can impact positively on the Gross Domestic Product of the country.

“Job opportunities will be created through  cocoa production, chocolate making, warehousing and branding which will in turn also help boost the country’s export drive.”

The Strategy and Corporate Affairs Officer of Eti-Oni Development Group, Yetunde Adegbite, said the show, which will hold  from  April 13  to  14,  was  aimed at bringing investors, partners, experts, manufacturers and all stakeholders “along the supply chain of cocoa to chocolate together.”

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