Gov Ibikunle Amosun
By Sheriff Balogun and Aisha Suleiman in Abeokuta
Ogun State Government has reaffirmed its commitment to the Public/Private Partnership (PPP) with relevant stakeholders, particularly those in the private sectors as it moved to attract investors and improve industrial presence in the state.
The State Commissioner for Commerce and Industries, Mr. Bimbo Ashiru, disclosed this in Abeokuta while briefing news men shortly after signing a Memorandum of Understanding on the provision of infrastructure with the Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC) and Agbara Estate Limited.
Ashiru maintained that the state has the largest number of industries, adding that government would want to maintain this feat by providing adequate infrastructure and conducive environment for private investors to thrive.
He revealed that the state government and Agbara Estate Limited have a good working relationship, saying both are working as a team to put all necessary infrastructures in place within the estate to make it a world class industrial hub.
Improving the Agbara estate would attract more investors to the axis to establish more industries and this would create employment opportunities for unemployed graduates, Ashiru said.
On the issue of alleged multiple taxation, the commissioner clarified that the state government has introduced a uniformed tax payment system to prevent it, affirming multiple taxation would not be allowed in Ogun State.
“We know that the people are not happy with this and government is already taking necessary step in addressing the issue,” he said.
In his contribution, Special Adviser to the Government who also doubles as the Managing Director OPIC, Mr. Jide Odusolu, said the partnership was a welcome development aimed at ensuring improvements in the entire estate and creating a thoroughfare to open up Agbara.
Also speaking, Chairman, Agbara Estate Limited, Mr. Kolapo Lawson, restated the readiness of his firm to collaborate with other stakeholders to further breathe life to Agbara Industrial Estate and generally move the state forward, noting that such cooperation would be of immense benefit to the people.
“We are law abiding residents and we must cooperate with the government, Agbara is an integrated industrial area and the MOU would solve any arising problem in the area,” he stated.