The Canadian government has shown interest in a partnership with the Ogun State government to invest in the agricultural, infrastructural, and technological sectors of the State’s economy.
The Canadian ambassador to Nigeria Mr. Jamie Christoff, on Tuesday, while paying a courtesy visit to the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, disclosed his country’s interest in the sectors of the state.
Speaking on the countries’ long-standing relationship, the ambassador said; “Canada has a long-standing bilateral relationship with Nigeria expanding over 60 years, and this relationship covers many aspects, but one aspect that I think is very important is economic development”
“For us in Canada, we see potential, interest in the sector of agriculture, clean technology, we talked a little bit about infrastructural development as well.”
“I come here looking for friendship and representing Canada’s interest, but I can see through my drive here this morning that there are opportunities here that will serve both our interests.”
In his response, Governor Dapo Abiodun described the State as a blessed one, highlighting the vast potentials of the state in terms of human and natural resources.
“We have vast land and vast resources. We have lots of mineral resources from limestone, which is about two-thirds of our land, and others, including silica and huge forest reserves. All these make us the industrial capital of Nigeria as most companies have their financial headquarters in Lagos, while their major manufacturing factories are located in Ogun State.”
“We host two biggest cement factories in Nigeria, probably in Africa. As an industrial capital, we are close to the busiest sea and airports in Nigeria and we enjoy a crisscross of gas pipelines and all these factors have made us a preferred choice by investors,” he said
The Governor informed the ambassador of his administration’s efforts to tap the potentials and its unique location. He spoke on the ongoing Airport construction, the proposed seaport at Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, and a Dry port at Kajola.
Governor Abiodun stressed that his government will continue to make the State more enabling for foreign and local investors into the State, stating that the five pillars of his administration; Infrastructure, Social well-being, Education, Youth Development and Empowerment and Agriculture (ISEYA), were targeted for the good of the people.
He congratulated the ambassador on his new job, stating that the experiences he had gathered over the years while serving his country in different African countries had prepared him for the job.
Written By: Blessing Enechojo Abu
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