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like good roads and good transportation network, water and frequent electricity supply amongst many other things.

The presence of these industries in the state and in the country helped Kwara State and Nigeria to stand tall amongst the other nations of the world. A country, it should be noted, cannot be developed unless it possesses the technology and the necessary manpower to steer its engine of growth. Kwara State, according to Oyebanji (1983), as of 1978, by virtue of its being a producer of essentially agricultural products, rose to become the fifth most industrialized state in the country. It is often believed that Kwara State is not an industrial region; however, this study revealed that there are different categories of industries in different locations. Out of these, about 30 industries existed in the past. Many of these have since disappeared into thin air like a wisp of smoke. It is also observed that more than 50% of these are found in the rural areas.

During the course of this study, a spatial analysis of the industrial development of Kwara State was identified. Table 1 shows some of the existing industries in the state. Out of the existing industries, random samples of 10 were visited. It is interesting to note that some of them are as old as the state itself and a lot of them were established in the 80s. Similarly, it was discovered that, with the exception of Global Soap and Detergent industries, Okin Breweries, Okin Biscuits industry, and Biomedical Company, which have an average of 300 employees, others can be classified as medium or small scale industries. Global Soap and Detergent industries have the highest number of employees, which is about 1200 full-time workers and 2500 casual workers. This is about 35.1% of the industrial labor force. This is followed by Okin Biscuits industries (20.7% of the labor force), Noble Breweries, Ijagbo (19.6%) of the labor force), and Biomedical (14.4% of the labor force). Others include United Foam industry (3.5% of the labor force), Kwara Chemical Industry (3.2% of the labor force), Labande Malting plant (1.2% of the labor force), and Rajrab Pharmaceutical Company (1.3% of the labor force), among others. From above, it can be inferred that the highest employers of industrial labor in the state are privately owned and one man industrial establishments.

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