Ogun ready to absorb overflow from Lagos, says Abiodun
• Promises to fight food scarcity
Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has said that the state will absorb all the shocks that its proximity to Lagos will bring. According to him, there are advantages and disadvantages of being close to Lagos State.He, however, assured that the state had laid a plan of actions and mechanisms that would ensure that “as people begin to migrate from Lagos to Ogun, to either live, work or play, the state is ready to give them quality education, quality healthcare, transportation, clean water and clean power.”
The governor, who stated this in an interview on a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Radio programme, Focus on Africa, lauded the decision of the United Kingdom Government to identify the state as one of the beneficiaries of $80 million fund under the aegis of its Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund Programme.
The governor said the inclusion of the state in the scheme “is a testimony to the fact that the state is not just a Gateway state to Nigeria but the fact that the leadership of the state is poised to brace up to the challenges and turn all the push factors of the continent’s fifth largest economy to pull factors that can stand the test of millennial development.”
Besides, the Ogun State government said it would support individuals and companies that chose to set up agro-allied industries in the state.
Abiodun stated this in his office when he received the management of Agropark Development Company Limited.He said that his administration would continue to support individuals and companies that show a level of commitment on how the state could create wealth for its young people, as well as create more agric entrepreneurs to enable it fight against food scarcity.
Abiodun, who also noted that the management of the company could not have come at a better time because his administration is deeply committed to reducing the rate of unemployment through agriculture.
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