Wednesday 20 November 2019

1st Day of Osun Economic Summit: My Take-home with Photos

The Vice President, of the Federal Republic of Nigeria  Professor Yemi Osinbajo declared open the Osun Economic and Investment Summit yesterday, 19th of November, 2019. Osinbajo, who was represented by the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Trade and Investment, Dr. Jumoke Oduwole, also lauded the governor for providing what he described as focused inspirational and well-meaning leadership in the state.

He said, "I am particularly very delighted visiting Osun, widely acclaimed for its rich cultural heritage, hospitality and the enterprising tradition of her people. Peaceful, virtuous, resilient and vibrant, Osun is a pride of the nation.

The three-day Summit that is holding at the Aurora Centre, Osogbo is convened to position the State of Osun as the most economically viable State of the federation has as its theme, 'Pathway to Economic Growth and Prosperity for The State of Osun.'

The governor of the State of Osun, Mr. Gboyega Oyetola, who is a modestly-accomplished private  sector player before joining politics, assured investors of his administration's commitment to seeing established businesses in the state secure, grow and flourish while inviting business conglomerates worldwide to come and do business with the state, to drive industrialisation and development in  Agriculture, Mining and Culture & Tourism sectors.

In his address at the opening ceremony of the 3-day summit, the governor reiterated that the gathering isn't only an opportunity to share his administration’s development agenda with the world, but to also showcase and cultivate new partnerships to drive the state's economic growth and development.

The Speaker of the 7th State of Osun House of Assembly led Osun legislators to the summit.

All the panelists commended Governor Gboyega Oyetola for showing strong commitment to tap into the highlighted sectors to drive industrialization as Prince Alade of Africa Red Crest, a Singapore based company with investment in Nigeria said that their organization has initiated the process to partner with the state of Osun by investing $10million in rice farming in the state and  Badger Mines, a Canada-based mining company, as sign-on a hundred million Naira (N100m) fee for exploration and development of one of the state's mining titles in the ongoing.

Mr. Sunday Dare, the Federal Minister for Youth, Sports and Culture also a panelist at the Osun Economic and Investment summit seized the opportunity to speak about the importance of the Youth in development. "Equipping the Youth with digital skills and infusing technology into vocational activities will be a wise investment". He said.

In his keynote address, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Charles Akinola, who is also the Chairman of the Summit Planning Committee, commended the investors that graced the summit.

There were three plenaries on the first day of the summit w
With "Governor's Policy Dialogue: Leading the Pathway to Economic Growth and Prosperity" being the premier session.

The second Plenary was on "Optimising Opportunities in the Agriculture Value Chain.

We have to introduce and deploy modern technology if we want today's youths to embrace agriculture, Mr. Ade Adefeko of OLAM said.

The last Plenary for was on the Harnessing Mineral Resources to Create Wealth session.

Many royal fathers of Osun graced the Summit with the Ooni of Ife Oba Enitan Ogunwusi (Ojaja II), Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba (Dr) Gabriel Aromolaran II CFR, delivering goodwill messages.

There were sessions set aside for business meetings by a variety of organizations with similar business
 interests after and during the plenaries.

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