By Funmi Adekoya
The governor of Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke has laid out the vision of his government for a public-private partnership relationship with a view to addressing the huge infrastructure deficit in the state and jumpstarting the state economy that is weighed down by heavy debt.
A statement by the governor’s spokesperson, Mallam Olawale Rasheed, indicates that Governor Adeleke who had been on a working visit to Lagos State met with over 14 Chief executives of various organisations, securing commitments from them to work on investment packages for Osun State.
The statement says in several meetings with captains of industry and chieftains of multilateral institutions and organizations, Governor Adeleke specifically solicited investment in roads, agriculture, education, health, sports and information technology.
The governor reiterated his resolve to jumpstart the state economy despite the paucity of funds, explaining his strategies as a Public-Private Partnership arrangement mixed with personal networking with business leaders locally and internationally.
The statement reads, “Our administration is very innovative. Our five-point agenda is being implemented through PPP partnership. So I have laid out a state plan to most industry leaders I met and they are eager to support Osun State”.
“I have met several important business and government leaders on this Lagos trip. It has been very tight meetings back to back. And the good thing is that we are recording successes. I will update our people very soon on the positive outcomes we are achieving.”
Governor Adeleke added that he will visit Abuja to continue the consultations and follow up as well as meet with the ambassadors of the G20 nations and the United Nations agencies in Nigeria to enhance the state’s economy.