Osun attracts investors at 32nd Enugu int’l trade fair
By Millicent Onaga, Enugu
The government of Osun state has called on investors to harness the varrious investment opportunities in agribusiness,mining, tourism, among others in the state.
The Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Cooperative and Empowerment, Dr Olabode Olaonipekun made the call at the Osun state special day at the 32nd Enugu International Trade Fair complex.
The commissioner disclosed that the state parades 20-25 solid minerals that are pleading for exploration, adding that 52 tourists sites with mining are currently ongoing at different locations in the state. “There is virtually no Local Government Area out of the 30 and the area office making it 31 that does not have atleast 15 agro resources that are in commercial quantity.
“The state parades 20-25 solid minerals that are pleading for exploration and investors to take on. The state under Governor Adegboyega Oyetola has come up with revolution in industrialization; under this administration about 7 out of 12 intentions have been flagged up for industrialization either in our free trade zone or in our international trade centre.
“There are 52 tourist sites with mining are going on in different locations.We also have 30 tourist locations to be developed in 2030, youths are being employed in the various locations”, he said.
Olaonipekun stated that the International trade centre, Dagbolu has seven components including Industrial hub, International market, Storage facilities/ Warehouse, Dry port, Car Mart, Mini residential development, International trade centre/ Railway. “The international trade centre will accommodate about 39, 000 people’ he stated.
He further announced that Osun state would hold her trade Fair before the end of the year, adding that “We have plans to organize handshake meeting between investors in Enugu and our investment team in the state of Osun”.
Olaonikpekun invited Enugu state to the fair and expressed optimism that the two states will partner each other for a greater economic development.
In his speech, the president of the Enugu Chamber of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (ECCIMA,) Sir Emaka Nwandu thanked the governor of Osun state, Chief Adegboyega Oyetola , saying, ” We are indeed very proud and profoundly grateful to His Excellency for making it possible for Osun state to participate in this fair.
“It is on record that Osun state is the first south Western state participating in the Enugu International trade Fair since we moved into this permanent site. We congratulate the government and good people of Osun state for this great showing despite all odds.”
“Let me, acknowledge with satisfaction, the great transformation going on in Osun state through the efforts and pragmatism of His Excellency Adegboyega Oyetola’s administration.
“This no doubt had culminated into more investment inflow into the state especially in Agro- business. Today, we can proudly talk about Osun Cocoa as the state has been ranked the second largest producer of cocoa in Nigeria and we have no doubt that it is providing the nucleus to our export drive’ he stated.