Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said that the United Kingdom (UK) government’s Global Future Cities Prosperity Fund Programme, which recently identified the State as one of the nineteen cities in ten countries to benefit from the $80million prosperity fund, was a right step in the right direction.
Governor Abiodun stated this while featuring at an international radio programme in UK, saying the decision to make the State one of the beneficiaries of the fund, was a testimony that the present administration’s Private Public Participation (PPP) initiative would go a long way in transforming the State by attracting investments, as well as accommodate people who want to either live, work or come in as a tourist.
“As people begin to migrate from Lagos to Ogun, to either live, work and play, we must ensure that we provide for them quality education, quality health care, clean water, clean power, clean environment and good physical development. We must be prepared for that overflow in all ramifications”, he said.
He disclosed that an agency, saddled with the responsibility of ensuring ease of doing business was being put in place, saying ‘’all is now set to make use of the over 12,000 square meters of arable land for the purpose of making the State a food basket’’.
Abiodun, who also said that the agricultural policy of the State would blossom, create wealth, encourage more youth agric entrepreneurs, feed the people and generate revenue for the State, added that the proximity of the State to the largest seaport and biggest airport in the country was an added advantage towards economic boom for the State.
“We are the closet to the largest seaport and the biggest airport in Nigeria, we have everything it takes to feed Lagos State; so we now decided to make agriculture our priority so we can feed ourselves, employ people and thereby generate revenue’’, he said.