The Ogun House of Assembly on Tuesday, played host to a delegation of the State Indigenes in diaspora led by Demola Ibrahim, on the proposed Public Private Partnership facilitation of Smart City projects .
OgunToday reports that the project comprised of an Airport and Aerotopolis which would serve as a catalyst for more private investment opportunities meant to turn around the economic fortunes of the state.
Mr Olakunle Oluomo, the Speaker of the House , while recceiving the delegation at the assembly complex in Abeokuta , assured that the state legislature would facilitate the link between the investors and the state government.
Oluomo added that the assembly would ensure that the state key into such laudable investment opportunities to further empower the people of the state.
The speaker remarked that a bill that would cover operational guidelines for public private partnership arrangements to encourage investment and promote ease of doing businesses was already before the assembly.
He assured that Gov. Dapo Abiodun- led administration remained committed to opening up the state for more local and foreign investors who were committed to establishing businesses and investments in the state.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Ibrahim, said that the team which consisted of indigenes of the state was in partnership with reputable foreign development partners to facilitate the construction of the Smart City .
He said the smart city comprised State of the Art Airport, Aerotopolis and e-commerce/retail space, which when operational, would place the state on the world map as a more economically viable entity.
Corroborating Ibrahim’s view, a member of the team, Mrs. Yinka Areago said the proposed Smart City was aimed at leveraging on the economic and geographical advantage of the gateway state.
Areago stated that the smart city would attract more infrastructural development, employment opportunities for the teeming populace, while increasing the Gross Domestic Product of the state and nation at large.
She noted that the facility when operational, was capable of positioning the state and nation in general as a more development-oriented entity.
“It will bring about diversification of economy through massive investment in tourism, agriculture and information technology amongst others with a view to improving on the nation’s economy.