Ogun ‘ll continue to partner development agencies for economic growth -Okubadejo


.L-R Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Finance, Alh. Hassan Adekunle: out-going Regional Chief Operating Officer, AFREXIMBANK, Mr. Abdoulaye Kone: Commissioner for Finance/Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, new Regional Chief Operating Officer, AFREXIMBANK, Mr. Eric Intong;Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker and the Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo during a meeting in Abeokuta

The Ogun State Government will continue to collaborate with development agencies and private partners to foster its economic growth and ensure prosperity of its people, the State Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo has assured.

He gave this assurance at a meeting in his office with the African Export-Import Bank (AFREXIBANK), led by its new Regional Chief Operating Officer, Anglophone West Africa, Mr. Eric Intongin.

Okubadejo noted that the need to seamlessly drive such partnerships informed the passage of the Public-Private Partnership law and setting up of the PPP office by the current administration.

He identified the proposed agro-cargo airport, deep seaport, development of various economic clusters, special agro-processing zones, among others as some of the initiatives the government was taking to further entrench the state as the investors’ destination of choice in the country.

While underscoring the role of AFREXIMBANK to the overall economic development of Africa, the Commissioner emphasized that Ogun State is critical to the development of Nigeria because of its location and size.

“We see AFREXIM as a worthy partner, not only because of the fact that it is an international Africa- based development financial institution, but also because of the active interest it takes in promoting the economies of Africa.

“Ogun State is very key to the objectives of AFREXIMBANK, because we are the leading manufacturing and industrial hub for Nigeria by virtue of our size.

Being the center of industrialization in Nigeria, it would mean that as we embark on all the reforms that this administration has commenced, it behoves us to look for worthy partners that will work hand in hand with us in the economic development of this State, which is also very crucial to the economic survival of the South-West Nigeria, and Nigeria as a whole”, the Commissioner added.

In her remark, the Commissioner for Health, Dr. Tomi Coker thanked the Bank for its cooperation in the health sector as she sought further collaborations in that regard.

The out-going Regional Chief Operating Officer of AFREXIMBANK, Mr Abdoulaye Kone, who expressed the readiness of the bank to further partner the state in areas such as transport, health, among others disclosed that the quality assurance centre it is building in the state would be ready soon.




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