The Oyo State Government has reiterated its readiness to partner South Africa on Agriculture, health, mining, tourism, trade and investment to promote economic development of the state.
The Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli stated this while receiving the consulate-General of South Africa to Nigeria, H.E Darkey Ephraim Africa who paid him a courtesy call in his office at the State Secretariat., Ibadan.
Mr. Alli stated that the Ajimobi led administration in the State is ready to partner any individual, groups, state, country who wants to invest in the State in order to boost the economy of the State.
He noted further that the recent ranking that placed Oyo state as one of the safest and conducive state for doing business has shown that it is committed to industrialization.
The SSG reiterated that the establishment of the free trade Zone, Industrial park and technical university in the state was part of the present administration’s determination to make the state an industrial hub of the nation.
Mr. Alli noted that the present administration was currently using agriculture as a platform of the state’s industrialization, adding that the state is now been seen as the centre of the industrial revolution.
He commended the South African for selecting the state as the first beneficiary of its collaboration in Nigeria, promising that the opportunity would be fully and judiciously utilized.
Earlier in his remark, the consulate General to Nigeria, HE Darkey Ephraim stated that the purpose of the visit was to explore partnership with Oyo State in areas of Agriculture, mining, education, tourism, trade and investment.
He hinted that the South Africa has nine provinces in which each of these provinces has their economic profile that Oyo state can collaborate for economic development.
At end of the visit, a working committee was later inaugurated to facilitate the relationship within 14 days to fashion out a frame work on the relationship.
Present at the visit were Oyo State Commissioner for Agriculture, Natural Resources and Rural Development, Mr Oyewole Oyewumi, Commissioner for Trade, Investment and cooperative, Mrs Taibat Adeyemi Agaba, Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy matter,Mr Abimbola Kolade,SA on Ibadan City media Project,Mr Yomi Layinka,SA Investment and Promotion, Miss Moremi Obadara, Mr Yinka Fatoki, the Executive Secretary, Bureau of Investment Promotion/Public Private Partnership (BIP/PPP).