By Glam & Essence
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said that his administration has introduced some reform initiatives that would help reduce bureaucratic bottleneck and improve ease of doing business in the State.
The Governor stated this at a parley with Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Companies in Abeokuta,where he listed some of the reforms that include the establishment of the State Enterprise Development Agency.The agency is to help strengthen Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and boost their capacities.
He said the Ogun State Investment Promotion Agency, was also set up to provide a one stop shop and eliminate unnecessary delays in processing necessary documents, while the Public Private Office has also been established to ensure that the State has a template transparent and accessible.
The Governor while calling on Investors in the State to consider indigenes of the State for permanent employment or internship when siting their businesses in the State, said a Bill on Local Content has been sent to the House of Assembly to that effect
Intimating the Investors of his administration’s enablers, Prince Abiodun said good governance, through focused leadership, provision of good road network, to ease movement, provision of adequate security, digitalisation to enable the State make use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) in its educational institutions as well as employment generation, would be vigorously pursued.
The Governor also said contract for the for the construction of Ijebu -Ode -Epe road has been awarded, just as the Ogun and Lagos governments have approached the Federal government for the take over of construction of Sagamu- Ogijo-Ikorodu, Abeokuta-Ota-Lagos roads.
While decring the poor condition of roads in the industrial hubs, Governor Abiodun said, “we have identified other roads like the Agbara- Atan-Ota, Ewekoro-Ifo, Sagamu interchange and the Ilaro-Ibeshe roads which are in bad shape and working to put them in good condition”.
He said the State Public Works Agency, charged with the responsibility of fixing township and rural roads, has been established, adding that deplorable roads in the State would soon receive attention.
According to him,He the parley was called to enable his government explain his policy thrust and seek their buy in for the Development of the State.
Contributing during questions and answers session, the CEO, Coleman Cable, Mr. Michael Onafowokan, stressed the need for the State government to develop human capital that are employable and easy to access through a portal dedicated to the investors.
On his part, Mr. Jacob Makanjuola from WAPCO, lauded the Governor a the first organised sure h event, calling for a joint working Committee made up of representatives of the State and the private sector for a seamless working relationship.