INVESTORS in the key sectors of the economy have pledged to work with the Ekiti State government to boost its investment and industrial profile.
The assurance came as a result of an interactive session held at the weekend by the state governor, Kayode Fayemi with captains of industries, investors and key players in the business community in Lagos.
The forum which was tagged “An Evening for Ekiti” was attended by local and foreign investors who expressed their willingness to assist the state government’s drive to make Ekiti a destination for investments.
Fayemi used the forum to showcase the abundant investment opportunities available in the state which include agriculture, tourism development, solid minerals, among others.
The governor told the investors that his administration had provided an enabling environment for business to thrive by ensuring security of lives and property and working hard to ensure that all roads in the state are motorable.
He pledged to ensure that all parts of the state are accessible by road by 2014 to facilitate access to sites of agricultural produce, tourist and mineral sites.
Fayemi said political stability, abundant human resources and easy access to raw materials are parts of incentives to be enjoyed by investors in Ekiti State.
He pointed out that accountability, infrastructural development and wealth creation are catalysts in making poverty history in the state
The governor disclosed that his administration was working tirelessly to ensure that agriculture contributes 50 per cent of the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) of the state.
As part of efforts to tap and develop solid minerals in the state,
Fayemi disclosed that the State Minerals Development Agency would soon come on stream to harness the resources and make Ekiti self-sufficient.
Former Nigeria High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Dr. Christopher Kolade, advised the state government to package the governor’s presentation into CDs and pamphlets for distribution to potential investors.
Kolade emphasised that this would assist potential investors to identify their areas of interest.
Economic expert and former presidential candidate, Prof. Pat Utomi, urged Ekiti government to collaborate with the Ondo State government to develop the Akure Airport, noting that the airport could be used as a veritable tool for investment.
Other speakers at the forum who were impressed with Fayemi’s overture to the business community said the relationship would be sustained for the benefit of both parties.