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Makinde hosts British deputy high commissioner

By Rotimi Agboluaje, Ibadan
18 November 2022   |   5:28 am
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said that his administration would continue to collaborate with development partners and the private sector to promote economic growth.

Head of Prosperity, British Deputy High Commission, Kris Camponi (left); British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones and Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, during a courtesy visit to the governor’s office in Ibadan… yesterday.

Seeks partnership with UK on economic devt
Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, yesterday, said that his administration would continue to collaborate with development partners and the private sector to promote economic growth.

The governor, who stated this while receiving the British Deputy High Commissioner, Ben Llewellyn-Jones, who paid him a courtesy visit at the Governor’s Office, Agodi, Ibadan, said that government alone could not develop the state’s economy.

Makinde, who stated that government alone could not address challenges of governance, said: “For us in Oyo State, we recognise the fact that government alone cannot sort out the challenges we have. I am glad to have you here to also discuss business opportunities.

EARLIER, Llewellyn-Jones told the governor that the essence of the meeting was to talk about some areas his country and Oyo State could collaborate for development.

He said: “Thank you your Excellency for making time to see me. I know how busy you are.

“It is my sixth year in Nigeria and third year in Lagos. My role is to promote United Kingdom (UK) trade, investment and economic growth across Nigeria.

“I have come to talk about some of the possibilities here in Oyo State.” He also said that his team would be meeting British firms as well as officials of the International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA) and will also spend time to discuss partnership with the University of Ibadan.