OGUN TAKES STEP TO ENHANCE LAND MANAGEMENT FOR AGRIC, INDUSTRIES

Towards achieving the Ogun State Economic Transformation Programme (OGSTEP) objectives, a 30-member technical working group of Framework for Responsive and Inclusive Land Investment in Agriculture (FRILIA), has been inaugurated to come up with a framework that will guide the operationalisation, effective use and management of land.

While speaking at the inauguration ceremony in Abeokuta, the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, said Ogun is the first to set up FRILIA among the South-West States and second in the Federation, being among the working groups that would deliver the objectives in line with Executive Order No. 1 of 2020, for a seamless access to land by farmers and investors.

Represented by the Commissioner for Finance and the Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo, the Governor stated that part of FRILIA’s objectives was to come up with professional and managerial framework for easy land acquisition and avert undue bottlenecks associated with it, to further attract more investors to the State.

“This is a very important milestone in the history of Ogun State, because it is the second State in the federation to inaugurate FRILIA, which involves the use and management of land, a very important economic resource. What we are doing today is to proactively attract investors because about 74 percent of our land mass in Ogun State are suitable for agriculture and industries”, he said.

Earlier in his remark, Commissioner for Agriculture, Dr. Adeola Odedina hinted that apart from abundant fertile land, Ogun is close to market and raw materials, hence the need for law that would guide the implementation of land allocation and correct the disconnect between concerned communities and agricultural value-chain.

Dr. Odedina noted that the inauguration of FRILIA was another achievement for an improved business environment, placing Ogun on top of agricultural intervention that would attract global attention.

“We are sitting on fertile land, we are close to market and raw materials. If we have that kind of land, we need to implement the law guiding it. FRILIA framework will be responsible and inclusive for reforming land access in the State”, he said.

Also speaking, his counterpart in the Ministry of Budget and Planning, Mr. Olaolu Olabimtan said FRILIA would determine the level of investment in the State, charging members of the group to be up to the task and make the State proud by emancipating the people to get prosperity in their investments.

On his part, the Project Coordinator, OGSTEP, Engr. Oluwatoyin Jokosenumi made it known that the present administration secured approval of the World Bank to embark on the programme, saying it focuses on agricultural value-chain, enabling business environment, as well as skill and capacity building for technical education.

Jokosenumi noted that the government was poised to make living better for the people, secure their wellbeing and welfare, through food security.

Speaking on behalf of other members of the newly inaugurated Technical Work Group, Mr. Suraj Fasola appreciated the Governor for the opportunity given them to be part of the team that would work towards the realisation of the FRILIA’s objectives, pledging their readiness to work for the actualisation of the mandate.