As part of plans to reboot the economy of Oyo State, the State Government has started leveraging on Agriculture.
The State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, disclosed this at a special programme organised to mark the year 2020 Workers’ Day, held at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Oyo State branch, Ibadan; in accordance with the COVID-19 protocol of social distancing.
Governor Makinde noted that the Coronavirus pandemic has also presented the State with an opportunity to reposition its economy by revitalising Agribusiness initiatives.
Engr Makinde said: “The COVID-19 pandemic has struck. It is now the responsibility of us all to build something out of this pandemic that will make generations to come proud. Post-COVID-19, we will be left with an economy which must be grown and sustained. This was why I ran for Governor, for a time like this. I will make the tough decisions so that our economy can thrive. We want to get our economy back on track. This is why we have started opening up the system while keeping an eye on the reports from the Oyo State COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre.
The Governor noted that the State is picking infrastructural projects that have had to hold off, while some projects already have been approved in the last week; adding that: “We are injecting funds to kick start our economic recovery. Amid this pandemic, on April 14, 2020, I signed the Oyo State Agribusiness Development Agency Bill into law.
He noted that the core mandate of this Agency is to create Private, Public and Development Organisation Partnerships that will ensure food security in Oyo State and grow the State’s economy.
The Governor, who was awarded as Most Worker-Friendly Governor by the Unions, also used the occasion to appreciate workers in the State, including Health Workers and others who have been volunteering in one capacity or the other for their commitment, understanding and cooperation in the fight against COVID-19 in the State.