Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State has affirmed that his administration remains committed to attracting investors to the state in the bid to position the state as major industrial and investment hub of the country.

The Governor made this statement in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday during a meeting with officials from Istanbul, Turkey-based Alliance Group. The meeting centered on discussions regarding plans to establish a $40 million organic fertilizer factory in the state.

Governor Oyebanji, describing the project as having the potential to enhance employment opportunities, food production, and agribusiness in the state, affirmed that his administration would persist in fostering partnerships with institutions, development agencies, and private sector entities.

He emphasized the pivotal role agriculture plays in the livelihoods of the people, underscoring that the pathway out of the current economic challenges in the country is through increasing and enhancing productivity in the agricultural sector.

“We came on board of the mantra of shared prosperity and continuity and agriculture is so key for us as a people, we have challenges in the country today because of lack of productivity because if a people must prosper, they have to produce. Productivity is key to prosperity and government cannot be in the forefront of that, the only thing government can do is to look for serious private investors and partner with them to ensure productivity.”

Speaking further, Governor Oyebanji said the state had put measures in place for ease of doing business and to safeguard investments in the state, adding that his administration would continue to strengthen and sustain partnerships on projects that are relevant to the development objectives of government.

“Your concept of establishing an organic fertilizer factory in Ekiti state is a welcome development to us as a government, and to drive our investment portfolio, we have Investment Promotion Agency (IPA) headed by a professional and this is aimed at improving ease of doing business in the state. On this, we have structures, we have institutions, we have laws that safeguard investments in this state. We will also ensure that all obstacles towards doing business is removed.

“We just played host to a team from American Embassy led by the Deputy Ambassador and Consul-General with an investor, they’ve gone to our agric. processing zone, they want to invest in cassava. And we’ve been receiving serious investors in the state, I took your word when you said there is a need to accelerate, so, we are also ready to play along by providing all you will need to make the project succeed.” He stated.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Prof. Sidi Oso said the organization was identifying regions in Africa, particularly Nigeria, looking for states with economic prospects and potential for development in the area of investment, adding that the organization had concluded plans to set up an organic fertilizer factory in the state.

While stressing that Ekiti has the necessary raw materials in the areas of water bodies and lakes to boost massive production of fertilizer, Prof. Oso commended the Governor for having a team of great professionals, investment conscious as she hope to have more partnerships with the state beyond the fertilizer production project.

She stressed that the project would bring in about $40million aimed at unlocking the employment and investment opportunities in the state coming in as agriculture-water based fertilizer project which would go beyond production to the level of marketing the product nationally and internationally.

Also at the meeting were the Director-General of Ekiti Development and Investment Promotion Agency (EKDIPA), Mrs Lolade Olutola and other government officials.

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