Aregbesola list gains of US trip
FRESH from a trip abroad, Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola said yesterday his interactions in the United States (US) will yield investment dividends for the State of the Living Spring.
He said the US trip has attracted investors in the areas of agriculture and the allied sector.
Besides, Aregbesola explained that the trip afforded him the opportunity of interacting with Africans in the diaspora on the level of development attained by his administration and presented the investment potentials of the state.
He told reporters on arrival at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Ikeja, Lagos aboard a British Airways flight, that he had a brief stopover at the prestigious Havard University, where he addressed the African academic community.
Aregbesola said part of his visit to Harvard was to present the score card of his administration to the African caucus in the institution.
He said: “We went to one of the best higher institutions of learning in the world – that is Harvard University. We met with the African caucus in Harvard, where we showcased our performance to date and areas their own exposure will be of assistance.
“We delivered a lecture at Harvard and met the intellectual community; we told them how we understand the developments in Nigeria as well as the challenges that face our nation.
“We showcased the catalogue of knowledge and the people seem to be interested in what we are doing in Osun State. We are collaborating with many companies.
“The African – American community are quite interested in facilitating partnership in particular in the area of tourism, so we expect very many of them in this year’s Osun Osogbo festival.
“Thereafter, we moved to Washington DC. There we met the Nigerians Diaspora Organisation (NIDO). They asked questions on development in Nigeria, as it affects security and we told them what we are doing in the country.”
Aregbesola said he held talks with the Corporate Council in Africa where investment opportunities were explored. He assured that the gains of the trip would soon manifest in many areas.
The governor said: “Until those things materialise, we cannot say much. But, what we have achieved is to expose the world to the focus of our administration and the areas where there are opportunities for collaboration.
“This exists in agriculture in large and commercial farming as well as in areas of farming input, from improved seedlings to agro allied industries, to agricultural equipment.
“We are prospecting for partnership in agricultural leasing and construction equipment leasing. All of these came up for discussion with the Corporate Council in Africa.
“In all, we must improve our efforts to sensitise the world about what we have done in a small state in the interior of Southwest of Nigeria. The response we received was quite encouraging and we are hopeful and expectant.”
The governor called on Nigerians to support the newly formed All Progressive Alliance (APC), as the political platform that will provide credible leadership for those who are tired of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“What is clear is that Nigerians are telling us that the efforts of the PDP have been disastrous. I am hopeful that the APC will open a new vista that will guarantee for our people, security, employment, freedom, liberty and good life. To that extent, I have no doubt that APC will put an end to visionless leadership,” Aregbesola said.
Culled from The Nation
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