The United States of America Consular-General to Nigeria, Claire Pienangelo, has lauded Ogun State Government for providing a level playing ground for both local and foreign investors to thrive in the State.
Pienangelo stated this in an interview after a meeting with the State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun in his office, at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, revealing that American companies would be interested in road construction, maintenance, as well as in the energy sector, by providing generators and other equipment that would encourage continuous industrial development of the State.
According to the Consular General, “though it is a bit difficult for foreign investors to operate in the country, but I think Ogun State has a good attitude by welcoming foreign and local companies and providing a level playing ground. I think this is the first step in attracting foreign firms, especially, American firms”.
She said the essence of her visit was to look at areas where American companies could collaborate with the State, noting that Ogun was blessed with potentials that could be explored for people’s benefits.
“This is my first visit to Ogun State to assess what is going on economically, politically and in security sphere. We had a wonderful discussion with the Governor about opportunities in terms of education, commercial development, agriculture and other areas and I hope we will come back to provide some cooperation and business interest.
“I think Ogun State has a lot of potentials and we will like to find greater areas of cooperation. Ogun State provides a lot of great promise in poultry, soya beans, corn and all the areas that we can grow the economy. We are interested in bringing back our commercial and agricultural team, to look at what is happening in agriculture and other sectors”, she said.
Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Commerce and Industry, Mrs. Kikelomo Longe, said the Consular General had identified agriculture, infrastructure and Information and Communication Technology (ICT), as possible areas for American investors to invest in the State.
She said the Americans were interested on how to enhance and enrich feed mills, using soya beans, as well as, help the local farmers improve their yield to guarantee food security in the State, adding that their competence and experience would go a long way in supporting the infrastructural drive of the State.