By Abimbola Bamgbose
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has appealed to the federal government to approve the operation of the Remo Economic Zone as a Free Trade Zone.
The governor, who made the plea when he received the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite and her team in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, noted that the approval was needed to enable processing companies that have signed to process their raw materials in the zone commence operations.
He emphasized that the zone would record multiple processing companies willing to sign up to begin work in the zone in the next year if the approval was given, saying out of the six Special Agro Processing Zones, the state has the highest number.
The governor said his administration has created four economic zones in the last four and a half years, in addition to the existence of the Agbara Industrial Zone.
While intimating the minister of efforts to further attract investments to the state, Governor Abiodun informed that his administration would soon sign a memorandum of understanding, MoU with its partner to commence the construction of the Deep Seaport at Olokola to complete the circle of economic zones in the state.
The governor thanked the minister for the visit, noting that it would further cement the relationship with the government at the centre.
In her remark, Dr Doris Uzoka-Anite applauded the state government for its developmental strides, saying the springing up of industries in the state was a confirmation of the conducive business environment and the availability of necessary infrastructure that attracts investors.
Dr Uzoka-Anite said as the industrial capital, Ogun State has distinguished itself as a pioneer and leader in developing, expanding and attracting industries with ease, adding that the visit would enable her and her team to rub minds with the officials of the state government on how best to be of help to each other.