Governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has wooed investors and business partners to develop the state infrastructure and its economy.
The governor has been on a working visit to Lagos State since Monday to intensified his drive for enhanced partnership with local and multinational companies for direct investment in the state.
For the past two working days, Adeleke has laid out the vision of his government for a public-private partnership relationship.
This was with a view to address the huge infrastructure deficit in the state and jump-start its economy that has been weighed down by heavy debt.
As stated in a release by his spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, Governor Adeleke specifically solicited investment in roads, agriculture, education, health, sports and information technology.
These key sectors, it was noted, were the main focus of the governor’s several meetings with captains of industry and chieftains of multilateral institutions and organisations.
“From Monday to Wednesday, the governor met over 14 chief executives of various organisations, securing commitment from them to work on investment packages for Osun State.
“At the launching of a subsidiary of Dangote Holdings in Lagos, the governor had expanded interactive sessions with top federal ministers, critical heads of federal agencies and managing directors of leading private companies across the sectors,” it was stated in the release.
Speaking about his experience so far, Governor Adeleke restated his resolve to jump-start the state economy, despite the paucity of funds.
He explained his strategies as “PPP arrangement mixed with personal networking with business leaders, locally and internationally.
“Our administration is being very innovative. Our five-point agenda is being implemented through PPP partnership.
“So I have laid out a state plan to most industry leaders I met and they are eager to support Osun State.
“I have met several important business and government leaders on this Lagos trip. It has been very tight-meetings back-to-back.
“And the good thing is that we are recording successes. I will update our people very soon on the positive outcomes we are achieving.
“I intend to visit Abuja to continue the consultation and follow up. I will use that opportunity to visit ambassadors of the G20 Nations and the United Nations agencies in Nigeria.
“Like I said, our administration is being very innovative to meet the yearnings of our people.”