Osun State Government says it is set to build a virile economy that will change its status from a civil service state to a regional commercial hub.
The government says it will leave no stone unturned to build a robust economy that will be the pride of the citizens and residents of the state.
The Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr Charles Akinola gave this commitment at a press briefing on the proposed Economic and Investment Summit on Tuesday in Osogbo.
The Renaissance reports that the summit is scheduled to hold between Nov. 19 and Nov. 21.
According to Akinola, who doubles as the chairman of the Summit Planning Committee, over 1000 participants are expected to attend the summit.
He said the government is resolute to tap and harness the huge economic potentials and opportunities in the state.
“The proposed Economic and Investment Summit is aimed at driving home the state’s Development Agenda, which is primarily to sustainably reposition the economy of the state and deliver prosperity to the people,” he said.
Akinola said the summit would help develop a strategic roadmap that will help boost the internally generated revenue of the state.
He said the platform will afford the state to look inward to grow the immense economic potential and showcase Osun as a strategic location for industrialisation.
Akinola said world-class and top-notch speakers, development partners, investors, panellists and moderators have confirmed their attendance.
According to the chairman, the summit will also be graced by the Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Central Bank Governor, Godwin Emiefele; Minister of Trade, Otunba Niyi Adebayo and Minister of Steels and Mines, Mr Olamilekan Adegbite.
Others expected are Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr Sabo Nanono and the Chairman, Public Policy Group, Emeritus Prof. Ademola Oyejide amongst others are expected to grace the three-day event.
“We are going to look at the area of agriculture where the cocoa economy will be revamped.
“This is going to be a paradigm shift in the annals of our economy as we want to change completely the mentality of being the civil service state to industrialised and agro-economic state.
“We have the ecological advantage to advance our economy. We want to become a regional commercial hub.
“We have mining assets which if properly harnessed can help to boost the economic potentials of the state.
“We want to regulate the sector for the benefit of the people and the state.
“Already, Osun is officially on the global mining map,” Akinola said.
He said the state will also look into the tourism sector by developing the tourist sites.
“We are looking at eco-tourism through the exploration of the economic potentials at Osun Grove, Olumirin Waterfalls, Opa Oranmiyan tourist site in Ile-Ife and the state’s textile economy.
“We will revitalise the economy around these assets.”
The committee members include the Deputy Chief of Staff, Prince Abdullahi Binuyo; Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation; Mrs Funke Egbemode and Commissioner for Economic Planning and Budget, Prof. Olalekan Yinusa among others.
From Adeyinka Aremu, Osogbo
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