Oyebanji seeks US support on economic development

Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji, has solicited support and partnership with the United States of America in developing the critical economic sectors of the state to achieve his administration’s shared prosperity agenda.

Oyebanji said the state is seeking the American government’s support for its Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security on cocoa development as well as a collaboration between the state’s Knowledge Zone and the US technology hub, Silicon Valley.

The governor disclosed this in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, during a meeting with a team from the American Embassy led by the Charge d’Affaires, David Green.

He said the state would explore the American expertise, resources, and investment as a progressive partner in the areas of economy, security, climate change, and innovations, among others.

Oyebanji thanked the American government for the support the state has received in its agriculture development drive, especially the Ikun Dairy Farm.

He explained that the collaboration is expected to strengthen the state’s economy, create jobs, and enhance the quality of life of its citizens.

While noting that productivity remains the watchword in his administration’s economic drive, he stated that any state that desires growth must be productive.

He stated, “If a state must prosper, that state must work on productivity and for productivity to happen there must be collaboration with the private sector.”

He highlighted areas of collaboration with the US to include support in the Agriculture sector, Ekiti Knowledge Zone, Youth and women empowerment, art and culture, climate change, health care, renewable energy, and investment promotion, among others.

The governor expressed confidence that the collaborations would also unlock opportunities for advancement within the state, noting that his government is committed to driving economic prosperity and improving the standard of living of the citizens.

Ae also assured his government’s continuous provision of an enabling environment for private sectors to turn the state into a production hub, thereby growing the economy of the state

“The state thank you for your support and investment in Ikun Dairy Farm. Ikun is a game changer, they have done so well, but they can do better, so we will be looking for support at feed formulation and artificial examination because that will solve the foreign exchange problem,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Charge d’Affaires, David Green, expressed the readiness of the United States Government to work with the state government to achieve its economic growth.

Green added that the Embassy would identify potential areas of development where the US could lend a hand in enhancing the state’s economic performance.

The Ambassador assured the governor that the United States government is keen on ways to foster fruitful collaboration with the state government especially in the fields of Agriculture, health, and knowledge economy, among others.

He promised to further the discussion with relevant agencies of the state government.

The team proceeded on an inspection of the Agbeyewa farms and other agricultural investments in the state, shortly after the meeting.

Similarly, Oyebanji in January said the state was ready to participate in the Federal Government’s wet/dry season farming intervention scheme, designed to enhance food security and boost agricultural productivity.

He solicited more collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security for mechanisation.

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