Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, has unveiled the theme of the state’s Investors’ Forum 2018, scheduled to hold on March 20 and 21.
Unveiling the theme, “Consolidating the Gains and Accelerating the Growth“, at a press conference in Abeokuta on Tuesday, Governor Amosun said the “focus is to consolidate on those gains and accelerate the growths that we have achieved over time.”
He added that the state is set to consolidate areas of success, especially in agriculture and agric business, adding that it will explore the value chains in agriculture, Industry and technology, to drive socio-economic development.
“When we came on board in 2011, Ogun state was just a partial civil service state. And since we started this Investors’ Forum in 2012, we have created enabling environment for business to thrive and today, Ogun is the industrial giant of Nigeria.
“As we speak, Ogun can boast of 304 new industries and companies, which opened shops within seven years. Out of this, 147 are in the excess $200m and N20b. So in 2018, we want to leverage on the value chains, consolidate our gains over the years and of course, accelerate growth. This year’s Investors’ Forum will focus on three key sectors – agriculture/agri business, technology and industry.
“Investors are expected from all over the world to tap into the business opportunities in the state, as our state has become an economic volcano waiting to erupt”, he said.
Reiterating his government’s resolve to encourage backward integration and import substitution, the governor said focus will also be on Medium, Small and Micro enterprise, to strengthen the economy.
The governor noted that Ogun State has emerged as the industrial capital of the nation, which according to him, has helped to drive the economy.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, disclosed that the state has made tremendous progress with over 300 new industries in the state and 75 percent of Foreign Direct Investment in Nigeria attracted into the state.