By AbuSatar Hamed
ABEOKUTA: The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has reaffirmed his administration’s commitment to ensuring that individuals and companies that choose to set up shop in the State continue to excel.
Prince Dapo Abiodun, who made this known in his office in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, when he received the management of Agropark Development Company Limited, said that his administration will continue to support individuals and companies that show a level of commitment that will help the State create wealth for its young people, as well as create more agric entrepreneurs.
Abiodun, who also noted that the management of the company couldn’t have come at a better time, added that his administration is deeply committed to reducing the rate of unemployment through agriculture.
His words, “Let me assure you that you couldn’t have met the Government of Ogun State at a better time. This is an administration that is deeply committed to the promotion of the agric sector.
“This administration will give everybody that shows the level of commitment that you have shown and demonstrates the level of capacity that you demonstrated…we will give that entity as much support as we can.
“We will throw our weight behind that entity. We will promote that entity. We will support that entity, so you have all the assurances of this Government. Whatever that you need us to do for you that will help you fully achieve your goal, rest assured, we will do that for you”.
The Governor, who disclosed that the success story of the company is a testimony to the fact that Ogun State is the state to be because of its vast land, the people and the weather that can grow almost everything, added that it is the belief of the present administration in the State that the agric sector is truly the sector to prioritise because it has the capacity to create employment opportunities, generate revenue and also contribute towards the food security agenda of the Country.
“I must say that one cannot but be impressed. Your success story so far is a testimony to what we have continued to preach – that Ogun State is the place to be and that we have the land, we have the people and the weather to grow almost everything. It also underscores our firm belief in the fact that the agric sector is the sector to prioritise because it allows us to create employment, it allows us to generate revenue, it allows us to contribute our own to the food security agenda of this administration,” he said.
In his response, the Managing Director, Agropark Development Company Limited, Sola Olunowo said that the company focuses basically on crop production, adding that they plant thyme and are also the largest commercial producer of thyme in the Country.
Olunowo, who also noted that the company has been able to grow over 1,000 hectares in the State and that they have been operating for over two years, added that they run an integrated system and have a poultry that is purely organic, with over 70,000 birds done every month.
“We run an integrated system, our poultry is purely organic and we do 70,000 birds every month. We do spices and herbs. We plant tumeric, we plant thyme, and we are the largest commercial producer of thyme and other spices in Nigeria. We’ve been able to grow over 1,000 hectares and we’ve been here for over two years. We have over eighty graduates that work with us, and we have employed over four hundred people,” he said.