By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Consulate-General of South Africa to Nigeria, Darkey Ephraim Africa has hinted that South Africa is to collaborate with the Oyo State Government on the promotion of state’s economic development.
Mr Africa who dropped this hint in Ibadan on Wednesday during a courtesy call on the Secretary to the Oyo State Government, Mr. Olalaken Alli disclosed that his visit was part of the efforts to explore partnership with Oyo State in the areas of Agriculture, mining, education, tourism, trade and investment,.
The Consulate General stated that as at present, South Africa has nine provinces with each of these provinces having its economic profile that Oyo state can collaborate with for economic development.
Speaking , the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Olalekan Alli declared that the present administration of Governor Abiola Ajimobi led administration is ready to partner with any individual, groups, state, country who wants to invest in the State in order to boost the economy of the State, saying,
the state was given a 4-Star rating as a Well Qualified State to help foreign and domestic investors by the Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) and adjudged as the 4th best investment friendly state and one of the only five states that attracted investment to the country in the last quarter of 2017 by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The SSG maintained that the recent feats placed Oyo State as one of the safest and conducive states for doing business, stressing that the government is committed to industrialization, and that the establishment of the Free Trade Zone, Industrial Park and Technical University in the state were parts of the present administration’s determination to make the state an industrial hub of the nation.
Emphasizing that Oyo state government ‘ is currently using agriculture as a platform of the state’s industrialization’ the SSG said the state is now being seen as the centre of the industrial revolution.
The SSG however lauded the South African Consulate for selecting Oyo state as the first beneficiary of its collaboration in Nigeria, promising that the opportunity would be fully and judiciously utilized.