By Kolawole Olayinka, Abeokuta
The Ogun State Commissioner for Industry, Trade and Investment, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe has assured that the State will maintain its leadership as investors’ preferred destination in Nigeria, as indicated by the recent data by Nigerian Investment Promotion Council (NIPC).
NIPC in its recent report showed that 30 per cent of the total investments in Nigeria was in Ogun State with $500 million new investments, the highest in the country for the second quarter of 2021.
She dropped the hint while speaking with OGIS correspondent in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta.
He said the present administration would continue to implement business-friendly policies which would enable the State to surpass the $500 million investment recorded between April and June this year.
The Commissioner noted that with the various infrastructural projects executed by the government, more investors abound to start operations across the different industrial hubs in the State.
She added that her Ministry and the Ogun State Investment Promotion and Facilitation Agency (OgunInvest) have been attracting investments, as well as creating an enabling environment for businesses to grow, stressing that the State was on course to exceed its present performance.
“The NIPC report shows that Ogun State attracted 30 percent of the $1.69bn reported for the second quarter of this year. Our target is to attract far more than that level of investment.
“The Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment and Ogun State Investment and Facilitation Agency (OgunInvest) are working to ensure investors are able to have a remarkable experience of doing business in the Gateway State”, Longe said.
Also speaking, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Olu. Ola. Aikulola said effort would be intensified to support businesses operating in the State through solution-driven engagements, calling on the investors to sustain their relationship with the Ministry.
“Regularly, we have been engaging businesses in the State with the aim of addressing their issues, so that we can continue to provide the enabling environment for their investments to thrive”, Aikulola said.