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Ajimobi Urges African Leaders to Preach Peace, Tolerance, Accommodation to Citizenry


By Adeola Oladele, Ibadan

Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi has called on African leaders to see one another and each other as brothers, which he said would take care of the xenophobic spirit that would be antithetical to the spirit of the African integration.

The governor, who spoke through his Chief of Staff, Dr. Gbade Ojo at a reception held in Lagos on Tuesday to commemorate the South Africa’s Freedom Day maintained that African leaders must always preach the spirit of peace, tolerance and accommodation to their citizenry.

He stressed that till date, the people and government of South Africa are benefiting immensely from their governance experience under the white rule in terms of ability to maintain the infrastructural facilities built by the white supremacist, adding that Nigeria as a country could benefit immensely from South Africa in diverse areas of human endeavours.

Of note among the business relationships with South Africa, according to the governor, was the recent overture made by some investors in South Africa to partner the state in the area of infrastructural development.

“As evidence of our commitment to working closely with your country, a number of investors from South Africa have made overtures to do business in our state and they have been given the required leverage with an enabling environment both legally and infrastructure wise.”

“For instance, Robor Property Ltd which is ready to set up a mini steel factory in the state with the governmental support and organized private sector has been allocated a parcel of land for the effective take-off of the project.”

“Similarly, we have partnered SpeedCraft Manufacturing Property Ltd which has shown interest in the reactivation and repositioning of the Compole Nigeria Limited.”

“Not only that, we have also partnered with Marble Classic Group in the resuscitation of Nigeria Marble and Mining Company, Igbeti and Pacesetter Asphaltic and Quarry Plant at Ijaye,”while the governor also noted in the same vein that another South African company, WK Construction Property Ltd has written a proposal for hydro power and potable water supply to Ogun and Lagos.

Ajimobi, however, described South Africa as a shinning example of a country that got independence through strong determination and struggle, pointing out that “Several other countries in Africa did not labour much aside intellectual and psychological warfare against the colonial masters.”


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