Abiodun sets up business council

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said he will set up a Business Advisory Council to maximise the set objectives of his administration on Public Private Sector Partnership (PPP).

According to the Governor, the council will be saddled with the responsibilities of monitoring and evaluating the framework to actualise the agenda his administration “considers fundamental to the creation of an enduring economic development and individual prosperity of the people of Ogun State.”

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Abiodun said the state government’s economic blueprint provided a conducive and competitive environment for business enterprises to thrive.

He said this while addressing labour leaders, activists, unionists, students and market women at the OK Centre, venue of the reception ceremony for Nigeria’s 59th independence anniversary.

The council, he said, would set clear predictable standard of engagement that would apply to all development partners.

He noted that a Public-Private Partnership office had already been created with the aim of ensuring that the business environment and partnership were system-driven, rather than being personality-driven.

“We are sincerely committed to a Public-Private-Sector Partnership approach, in ensuring our resolve to have a sound PPP approach. We now have a Business Advisory Council that comprises stakeholders and focuses on ensuring that the business environment remains conducive and competitive for investments to grow in Ogun State,” the governor said.

He also said that the state government was committed to attracting and retaining investments as well as promoting the prosperity of its citizens.

His government, he said, had signed into law the Ogun State Investment Promotion Agency Bill (Ogun Invest) to boost the facilitation required to invest in the state.

“The purpose is to boost the facilitation required to invest in our dear state and commence operations e.g. land acquisition and ownership, community relations, statutory documentation, and linkages with the suppliers, especially farmers,” he said.

The governor further informed the people, especially the Small Medium Enterprises owners, of the government’s determination to boost their capacity as major producers of raw materials.

He assured them that he had engaged off-takers made up of big industries to which they could serve as distributors, adding that to provide incentives to them an Enterprise Development Agency would be established to assist in the facilitation of all available intervention funds from the Federal Government.


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