We’ll Explore Every Opportunity To Boost Osun Economy – Aregbesola

The Governor of Osun State, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, has said that his administration would explore every opportunity to boost the economy of the state, with a view to developing the state.
He spoke in Osogbo, the state capital on Tuesday, while receiving members of the Osun Businessmen Club on a courtesy visit to his office, saying that his administration would tap every reasonable available idea, to bringing succour to the lives of the people.
Aregbesola, who was represented by his deputy, Otunba Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, said that the government was investing huge amount of money on tourism, with a view to boosting the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
He said: “We have over 63 tourist centres in Osun State and we are posed to ensure that the whole world knows about this state. By reason of what we have planned, which we will soon start, you will see that Osun will be the state to beat in terms of tourism”.
Challenging members of the club to key-in into the tourism programme of the state government, like O-tour among others, the governor added that, their participation in the sector would assist in the development of the state.
On agriculture, he said: “We are determined to feed Nigeria in Osun State because we have very fertile land and that is why we are concentrating on food production. We want the state to be the food basket for Nigeria; we want to take the advantage of about N3.4 billion food exchange value in Lagos and to make it possible, we have signed an MOU with the Nigerian Railway Corporation, to move our farm products to Lagos”.
He then urged the club members to make use of abundance of business opportunities in the state, which include tourism and agriculture, among others, with a view to moving the state forward and bring it back to its vantage position in the economy of the country.
Speaking earlier, the President of the club, Placer (Dr) Olumuyiwa Ajala, lauded the administration of Aregbesola over its Youth Empowerment Scheme (OYES), saying that the scheme had gone a long way in reducing the level of unemployment in the state.
On the last year flooding that ravaged the state and resulted to loss of properties worth millions of naira and lives of many people, Ajala commended the government for the O-Clean programme and dredging of waterways, which according to him, the people of the state would never forget.
He then pledged the support of the club to the state government, with a view to ensuring that people enjoy dividends of democracy.