Ibadan- The Oyo State Government has concluded arrangements with a vehicle assembly plant from China to commence assembling cars and commercial buses in the state.
Gov. Abiola Ajimobi said this in Ibadan on Sunday while receiving in his office delegations from two China-based companies.
The governor said that the visit of the officials of the two companies was the aftermath of his visit some weeks ago to some firms in China.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Ajimobi was accompanied by officials of First Bank Nigeria Plc during the trip to China.
The governor said some Chinese companies had agreed during his visit to establish their presence in the state in the areas of agriculture and education.
He added that some other companies had signified their intention to undertake silos and tractor manufacturing, e-learning and the digitalisation of the state-owned Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS).
``In China, we met companies that will build silos for us as storage facilities.
``We were also able to discuss generally on industrialisation.
``They have decided to bring to us here in Oyo State a vehicle assembly plant to assembly passenger cars as well as big and small buses,’’ Ajimobi said.
He said his trip to China was for the development of Oyo State and not for sightseeing.
``The visit to seven provinces was worth the trouble. It has paid off as the companies have agreed to help in our development efforts,’’ the governor said.
Earlier, in her remarks, Miss Cheryl Li, the leader of China Poterio Group, said her company was ready to partner with the state government.
She listed the areas of partnership to be e-learning, street lighting, building of silos for storage and the digitalisation of BCOS.
Also speaking, Kalu Eke, the Executive Director of First Bank Plc, lauded the leadership quality of the governor as exemplified in his commitment to develop the state.
``In First Bank, we are excited because we are working with a committed team.
``Gov. Ajimobi, during the trip to China, demonstrated very keen understanding of economics and I commend him for that.
``He (Ajimobi) really means well for the people of Oyo State. It is something we will recommend to other states.
``We are ready to help Oyo State Government build capacity and the best talent in articulating projects and policies that will have more impact on the lives of the people,’’ Eke said.