Ogun State has expressed its readiness to work with operators in the banking sector to improve ease of doing business in the state.
The state government said this during a forum with bankers aimed at charting a road map to make the state an investment hub of choice, according to a statement.
In his welcome address, the Accountant-General of the state, Mr Michael Idowu, thanked members of the forum for their support towards ensuring financial stability in governance matters.
According to the statement, a member of the forum from First Bank of Nigeria, Mr Adeniran Oladele, said the meeting sought to explore possible areas of partnership with the state government and other stakeholders.
He stated that the focus of the deliberation was to improve the ease of doing business and to make the state a safe haven for investors and the people.
Oladele noted that a new Central Bank of Nigeria’s policy, which necessitated banks to give more loans, was in progress.
The Secretary to Ogun State Government, Mr Olatokunbo Talabi, said the forum was to further interface with financial institutions on areas of support and collaboration towards the realisation of the administration’s agenda of socio-economic development of the state.
Talabi said the government was appreciative of the support given so far by the financial institutions, noting that the meeting would further ensure a robust relationship between the government and the banks.
He said, “We called today’s meeting for us to parley as stakeholders in the very sensitive part of government. The crux of the meeting is how to ensure that renewed confidence is built, and the state considers you as big stakeholders and investors.
“And so, we feel that this meeting is basically to explore ways on how to improve the ease of doing business and address security challenges, among many others.”