Osun state Government in Southwest Nigeria and the Australian Government have agreed to partner in areas of mining, education, agriculture and security.
In a statement by the media aide to the governor, Mr Semiu Okanlawon, the commitment was made during the visit of the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr Paul Lehmann to the Governor Rauf Aregbesola in Osogbo, the state capital.
“I am here to know which area we can be of help to each other as well advance our business and trade partnership. Australia is vast in mining, sports, agriculture, husbandry and education.
“For this singular reason, my visit has made me to see the need to strengthen cooperation with your government on education, agriculture and other sensitive areas.
“Since the state is blessed with mineral resources, I am assuring you of my country’s fruitful partnership with Osun to accomplish all her dreams,’’ he said.
Lehmann who led other Australian diplomats in Nigeria to the state commended the governor on his social protection programmes, describing as unprecedented, the successes recorded in all aspects governance.
He noted that Osun has reawakened the people’s consciousness people to the path of greatness, and that his visit has exposed him to myriads of achievements by the government.
“Aregbesola has not only put into practice what government and governance represent but has also exhibited clearly the role expected of any serious government in consciously rebranding the society and make it liveable for the people.
“I have gone round the town. I have seen some of the interventions of this administration in all sectors most especially in education, agriculture and security. These are the major sectors on which government and governance are based. I was marveled when I visited some of the state-of-the-art schools constructed by the government.
“I have seen good governance in action in Osun. I have seen much efforts and commitment put together by the state on security as it is on records that this state is one of the peaceful if not the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
” I commend Mr Governor for making Osun, Nigeria and Africa proud with his achievements”, Lehmann stated.
While assuring the state of partnership, the Australian High Commissioner said the country would support Osun government in mining sector, education, agriculture and security to further enable the government to advance in its dreams to the people.
Aregbesola called for a symbiotic partnership between Osun and Australian Government in mining, education, security and animal husbandry.
He said Australia, being the world leader in mining and animal husbandry could be of greater supporter to the state in promoting and advancing its agricultural potentials.
“We want to collaborate with your government to properly harness our potentials in agriculture, mining and education sectors.
“Since our economy is primarily driven by agriculture, hence the need to revamp the sector by all means and your collaboration and intervention in this regard will be of tremendous assistance”, Aregbesola added.
While commending the Australian envoy for identifying with the achievements of the state, Aregbesola reassured him of his government’s commitment to take Osun to an enviable heights that would be cherished globally.
By Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo