- Governor Gboyega Oyetola has promised to seek strong partnership with foreign countries to facilitate development to Osun state
- Oyetola made the promise when he hosted the Venezuela ambassador to Nigeria, David Nieves Valasquez-Caraballo, and envoys from Israel, Cuba
- The governor said his administration will be giving priority to agriculture, mining, tourism, information and communication technology
The government of Osun state has stated its readiness to partner with countries including Venezuela, Israel, Cuba to facilitate a strong economic growth and development to the southwest state.
Speaking when he hosted the Venezuela ambassador to Nigeria, David Nieves Valasquez-Caraballo, and envoys from Israel, Cuba, Cote d’Ivoire and Republic of Benin, Osun governor, Gboyega Oyetola, said the state is ready to form a strong partnership to harness development.
Legit.ng gathers that the envoys were in Osun to explore business opportunities in agriculture and to expand the sectors.
Apart from the Venezuela ambassador, Cuban ambassador to Nigeria, Carlos Trejo Sosa, represented by the deputy head of mission, Leydis Bernal Suarez; Israeli ambassador to Nigeria, Pear Duchi, represented by Madu Chibueze, also witnessed the event.
Represented by the state chief of staff, Charles Diji Akinola, and secretary to the state government, Oluwole Oyebamiji, Governor Oyetola said his administration is open to businesses and partnership capable of bringing laudable development.
He said: “We have just had a meeting with Ambassadors who have come to our state to discuss myriads of business opportunities and explore their potentials as regards the need to strengthen bilateral relationship.
“This administration is giving priority to agriculture, mining, tourism, information and communication technology among others, to ensure proper diversification of the economy.
“We had a very fruitful session with them; we have reached a compromise on the need to expand the window of business opportunity particularly in the areas of agriculture, mining, tourism, science and technology.
“They have shown interest to partner the state in these areas to ensure that Osun achieves its goals. As a government, we shall continue to create the enabling environment that would help to facilitate bilateral cooperation in all sectors of the economy.
“We are looking forward for investment partnership from these countries. It is our hope that this collaboration will bring about the desired results.
“This is going to strengthen the economy and enhance commercial activities in the state as we are doing everything possible to record success in our economic diversification bid.”
Speaking, the Venezuelan ambassador said his country will ensure a smooth bilateral cooperation with Osun state.
He said: “We have come to Osun to deliberate on some of the areas in which we can collaborate and strengthen bilateral relationship.
''We are here to build a strong bilateral relation that will bring about the desired development in all aspects of the economy.''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that All Progressive Congress (APC) and Osun governor, Gboyega Oyetola, had asked the Abuja Appeal Court to reverse the decision of tribunal panel recognising Senator Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the state governorship election held in 2018.
In a 39 count notice filed before the Abuja Appeal Court, Oyetola and APC, through their counsel, Wole Olanipekun (SAN), argued that the evidences upon which the tribunal's judgement was built was replete and untenable.
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