The transformation agenda of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun led administration in Ogun State has received another boost, as a group, made up of Nigerians, based in the United States, has signified interest to partner with the government.
Coordinator, Nigeria Initiative for Economic Development (NIED) , Dr. Alfred Tofade, who gave this indication yesterday, said the group is set to build a top class estate, which will be a Mini Smart City in the state.
Tofade had led his team, which joined a delegation of the Nigerian-American Chambers of Commerce, to pay a courtesy visit to Governor Ibikunle Amosun in his Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta office yesterday.
He spoke about the passion of the NIED to contribute to the development in Nigeria, especially in Ogun State, adding that the proposed city will include medical facilities of international standard, institutions of learning, recreational centres and professional libraries.
National President of the Nigeria-America Chambers of Commerce, Chief Bintan Famutimi, in his contribution, noted that the bane of Nigerian businesses and business men is the fact that they have goods, which are unknown, urging the government to incorporate the private sector in all its programs, in order to make it work.
Responding, Amosun emphasised the need to tap into the experience of Nigerians in Diaspora, for development back home.
He urged Nigerians in Diaspora to intensify their support for the state, because, “nobody will come and develop the country for us, except Nigerians themselves show the commitment to play critical role.”
The governor further stated that before the inception of his administration, Ogun State was on the last rung of the ladder in terms of ease of doing business, but that now, it occupies between the first and fifth position.
He attributed this to his government’s efforts at creating an enabling environment, not only in the ease of doing business, but also for the businesses to thrive.