Aregbesola rounds off US visit as foreign investors jostling to invest in Osun
Investors of American origin and Nigerians in the Diaspora have signified their intentions to partner Osun State on information technology, youth development and tourism.
This is the outcome of Governor Rauf Aregbesola’s one-week working visit to the United States, which would end today.
At a dinner with Tim McNulty, the Vice-President, Government Relations of Carnegie Melon University, it was agreed that McNulty would visit Osun for an on-the-spot assessment with the intent to partner the state on information technology and set up a campus of the university in Osun.
The Osun State government was praised for its innovations by officials of Allegheny County at The Courthouse, the county’s headquarters, where they explored areas of partnership and exchange with Aregbesola.
The Chief Executive of Allegheny, Rich Fitzgerald, described the Opon Imo concept as an example of good governance.
Fitzgerald pledged to buy the tablets for public schools in the county, adding that just as Osun seeks to learn from Allegheny, the county has a lot to learn from the state.
Osun State partnered Allegheny County on culture, innovation, technology and youth empowerment.
Allegheny is the biggest county in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with a population of 1.3 million. It is home to the popular Heinz brand and seven Fortune 500 companies with interest in steel and nutrition.
Aregbesola, who later met with Bill Strickland of Manchester Bidwell Centre, a non-governmental organisation established in 1968 to combat the effect of economic and social devastation on youths of his inner city neighbourhood, expressed the desire to partner the centre in vocational development.
The organisation has set up 100 centers in the US and another 100 in other parts of the world. Strickland engaged Aregbesola on the possibility of establishing a center in Osun.
He is willing to work with the state to raise funds for feasibility study and to build the center. Strickland is expected in Osun soon.
At a town hall meeting with African Americans hosted by the Christian Evangelical Economic Development (CEED) at its center, Aregbesola explained the policies of his administration and his achievements in two years.
CEED Founder Mr. Ray Parker promised to coordinate the trip of African Americans, who will attend this year’s Osun Osogbo festival and a trade mission by small scale investors.
Culled from The Nation
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