Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has expressed delight that his administration’s call for Public Private Partnership has started yielding result, as more corporate organisations have indicated interest to invest in the State.
Governor Abiodun stated this when he received the Group Managing Director of Access Bank, Mr. Herbert Wigwe, who paid him a courtesy call in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, to intimate him on the bank’s decision to establish an entertainment village in the State.
The Governor said the decision to establish a creative arts village in the state was a clear testimony to the commitment of his administration’s desire to provide good governance, describing the State as the most socially active in the country.
Prince Abiodun reaffirmed his government’s readiness to providing enabling environment for Public Private Partnership to thrive, adding that the establishment of the village would create jobs and provide opportunities to produce more stars for the entertainment industry.
“I am happy that Access Bank has accepted our invitation to come and invest in a sector that will provide opportunities to the youths to express themselves. The creative arts and entertainment village will be a place where many of our young ones will be challenged to acquire vocational skills, those that want to go into movie and music industries and particularly those that want to go into IT industry will be encouraged”, he said.
While noting that the journey of building the future of the State together has begun, the Governor called on other investors to key into his administration’s Public Private Partnership policy, assuring that all necessary support and cooperation would be given to them.
Speaking earlier, Mr. Wigwe said his bank intended to build entertainment village that would sit on four major hubs of Information Technology and skills, quality training to the people of the State and its neighbours, promotion of movie and music industry.
He described the creative arts as an important sector that would provide employment to over million people in the next five years, adding that the visit was to work with the state government in identifying appropriate location for the project.
While calling for necessary support from government, Mr. Wigwe disclosed that a 15 storey building would be constructed to serve as secretariat for the IT programme, contact centre and a monument to help define the landscape of the State, saying it would be comparable to other world class institutions.