Ogun Engages Experts To Develop Economic Clusters Master Plan - EDU-BIZNEWS


Monday, December 13, 2021

Ogun Engages Experts To Develop Economic Clusters Master Plan

Ogun State Government has engaged a consortium of indigenous professionals for  development of a master plan for its Economic Development Clusters (EDCs) across the state, in order to ease the process of doing business, consolidate on its status as Industrial hub of the country and to take full advantage of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA), 

The State Commissioner for Finance and Chief Economic Adviser, Mr. Dapo Okubadejo who stated this in Abeokuta during a  maiden meeting with the experts, explained that the government decided to design a master plan for the development and creation of the clusters, to avoid haphazard development.

Okubadejo emphasised that the economic clusters which were conceptualised in line with the “ISEYA” development pillars of the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration would deliver large scale legacy infrastructure projects through value chain optimisation.

He added that the EDCs located in Ijebu, Remo, Atan-Agbara-Ota, Abeokuta, Magboro and Imeko Afon-Aworo are deliberately positioned to attract local and international partners, as well as investors.

 "These locations will also significantly boost productive output, achieve regional planning, stimulate economic growth and development that will lead to individual prosperity among others", the Commissioner pointed out.

 He explained further that when completed, the clusters would feature Special Agriculture Processing Zone (SAPZ), Aerotropolis, FGN Special Economic Zone, Medium, Small and Micro Enterprises (MSMEs) Park, Automobile, Medical, Education and Free Trade Zones.

Other components of the clusters according to Okubadejo,  are  Tech Hub, Creative and Entertainment Village, Iledotun Forest Reserve, Distribution and Logistic Hubs, Industrial and Residential estates and others.

He charged the experts to bring their expertise to bear on the delivery of the projects which he described as key to sustaining the position of the State as the fastest growing economy in the country.

Also speaking, the State Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Tpl. Tunji Odunlami said members of the team were selected based on their proven track records.

Responding on behalf of the team, former President of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP), Alhaji Waheed Kadiri, said the haphazard development across the country was necessitated by inadequate master plan projects, commending the State Government for seeking professional guidance for the establishment of the economic clusters.

“I commend the government for taking this initiative. It is a right step in the right direction. The government has briefed us about their plans, we are now to go and do the design and structure professionally”, Kadiri submitted.

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