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U.K, World Bank will partner with Ogun on economic development

29 January 2014, 15:05

Abeokuta - The U.K Trade and Investment Office and German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) said  they would partner with Ogun government to make the state the economic hub of Nigeria and West Africa.

The officials of the foreign firms made the pledge at the Ogun 2014 Retreat for senior government officials held at the Temperance Hotel and Conference in Ota, Ogun on Tuesday.

The participants, who also included four officials of the World Bank, said that the climate in the state offered opportunity for investment in the various sectors.

John Davie of the UK Government PPP Advisory Board said Ogun should take maximum advantage of its vast natural resources.

He said that the state was strategically located around the major markets in Nigeria and West African countries.

“You should strive to build human capital and needed competence for Private, Public, Partnership (PPP).

“It is necessary to secure the services of quality advisers as it is the case in the developed countries.

“As you mature in the process, things will become less challenging," he said.

Earlier, Governor Ibikunle Amosun, said training and retraining of government officials was a veritable tool for excellent service delivery to the people.

He explained that the retreat was an avenue for participants to gain experience and acquire knowledge that would impact positively on the economy of the state.

"Continuous training of officials is the only thing that will keep them abreast of international best practices," Amosun said.

-    NAN


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