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Oyo Govt assures investors of friendly environment

Oyo Govt assures investors of friendly environment

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has expressed the readiness of his administration to make the State an investment-friendly destination in order for businesses to thrive.

The Governor, who spoke through Commissioner of Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Wasiu Olatunbosun, gave the assurance while speaking at the Grand Opening Multi-Choice Branch held at the Kudeti street, Onireke Ibadan, on Friday.

In his words: “I must commend you for these many things. Oyo State is part of your Association and the message is that we want you to continue to do more. We have an enabling environment in Oyo to attract many investors. Thank goodness that you said you started here. We are now telling you that we have redoubled what we met on the ground to make sure that we create an atmosphere that is conducive for investment to thrive in the state. So, we want you to also look at this area. ”

“Why do we think the majority of people are applauding Governor Seyi Makinde everywhere in the country? This is because when he came, he introduced many policies that Citizens are benefiting from them. When he came in, he abolished all forms of the levy in public schools which has resulted in bringing those who have left schools back into the system.”

“We also introduced the distribution of free exercise and textbooks to all students. The last time we had that in Oyo State was when late Chief Bola Ige was the Governor and that is exactly what we are doing in Oyo State.”

Makinde, while appreciating the efforts of the MultiChoice Company for erecting an edifice and the company’s contributions towards promoting our cultural heritage in Yorubaland, mentioned that Oyo State is ready to partner Multi-Choice on Tourism Development so as to make the State a Tourism hub.

“So, for any business to thrive, some certain things must be put in place. The first thing is security and we have given 100 patrol vehicles to our security agencies just to make sure they are effective and efficient. So, the security in Oyo State is far better, if not the best is one of the best in Nigeria. All investors can now come to Oyo State, put their money here and go and sleep. Definitely, we don't have any security threat in Oyo State.

“On infrastructure, we have started and we will continue in that trajectory. Moniya-Iseyin road was abandoned by the last administration but we have re-awarded it and within a year, the contractor will be through.

“And now, we will have many people coming to Ibadan to come and see what Multichoice has succeeded in putting down here,” he stated.

He further explained how his administration has made the State become investor-friendly by improving the security architecture that would allow investment and economic prosperity in the State.

He appealed to investors to put their minds at rest in terms of the chances of business success in the State.

“We need your collaborative effort of the area of Tourism because we have about tourism sites in Oyo and we want you to assist us to promote this sites and we know that people will come from all over the world. We want Oyo State to become a tourism port not only to here but throughout the world.”

“This is your corporate social responsibility. You need to also look round and see what you can do for the people of Ibadan. The Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism will also be glad to have an arrangement with you so that we can promote government activities to the world and, as well, our cultural heritage and potentials.”

Also speaking at the event, the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Saliu Adetunji, who spoke through Director of Media and Public Affairs, Mr. Adeola Oloko said that “Ibadan is a city of many first. When you are talking of Ibadan, you are talking of a city comprising 21 states, 1,600 villages. The launching of GoTV has been a success story.
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