The Ogun State Governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun on Monday says Countries in the West African sub-region need to collaborate towards exploiting the various opportunities in the different sectors of economy to engender growth.
Governor Amosun who gave this submission while receiving the members of the Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Benin Republic led by their President, Mr Jean -Baptiste Satchville at the Governor’s office, Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta, stressed the need to remove the artificial boundaries created by the Colonians.
While speaking on the collaboration of the two parties, the Governor noted that the meeting is an avenue for the brother countries to cross fertilise ideas and encourage people from Benin Republic to establish their industries in Nigeria.
Governor Amosun explained that he would love the parties to focus more on Agriculture, saying it’s value chains will create massive employment and wealth for the people. The Governor also stated the need to focus on improving the vocational Education and Technical development initiative that will make youths employable and productive.
Governor Amosun who pledged full participation of the state government on the collaboration of the state with Benin, suggested that the visit should be a platform for the two countries to work towards economic growth that will make life better for the citizens.
Earlier, the President of Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Benin Republic, Mr Jean -Baptiste Satchivi explained that the delegation was in the state to initiate a business relationship.
Mr Jean -Baptiste Satchivi said “together we can explore the opportunities that abound in various sectors of the economy” noting that Nigeria and Benin Republic will remain strong if they work together.
On her part, the first Female President of the Nigerian Association of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, Mines and Agriculture (NACCIMA), Iyalode Alaba Lawson, lauded the socio-economic development plan that has made the state a force to be reckoned with in the economic world.
She also commended the Ogun State Government for encouraging private sectors to participate in the socio economic development of the state, saying the wide network of the Chamber Movement across the country also creates the channel for easy trade relationships across borders.