By Ayodele Oni, Ekiti
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has called on the British Government to invest in key sectors of the state economy.
Dr Fayemi said his administration would want to partner the British Government in the areas of education, economic growth and agricultural development.
The Governor made the call on when he received the British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, in his office in Ado Ekiti, the state capital.
Fayemi who was represented by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, said his administration was working hard to attract investors to grow the economy and create jobs for the citizens.
The two sides explored areas of cooperation and investment opportunities that are mutually beneficial.
Fayemi also sought the support of Britain in the area of infrastructure and industrial development which he said would aid investment and make Ekiti an industrial hub.
This, he said, made his administration to provide various policy framework and incentives to encourage investment in the state.
Fayemi said: “We are determined to use agriculture to create jobs for our youths, generate revenue and make our state the food basket of the Nation.
“We are interested in industrialisation in line with the five pillars of the administration because Ekiti presently has low industrial base.
“Another area we are seeking your partnership is the development of our mineral resources because we have huge deposits of granite, bauxite, gold feldspar and other minerals.”
The Governor further canvassed the support of the British Government for the education sector which he said was being repositioned to make Ekiti number one in the country.
Responding, Ambassador Laing disclosed that she was undertaking her first official trip to the Southwest and Ekiti State in a bid to deepen relations.
The envoy, who is also the British Permanent Representative to ECOWAS, explained that Britain and Nigeria had enjoyed long standing relationship that dated back to centuries which culminated in independence in 1960.
According to her, the two countries share many things in common in the areas of language, culture, education and sports from which both sides had benefited immensely.
The diplomat revealed that her country was giving support to Nigeria in the fight against insurgency in the Northeast to ensure security and stability in Nigeria and West African sub-region.
She further disclosed that the African Investment Summit would hold in London in January next year urging the Ekiti State Government to make use of the opportunity to attract investors and boost its economy.
The envoy said: “We have a lot to learn together and I am delighted to be here. The two countries share a lot of things in common in language, culture, education and sporting interests.
“We are also partners in the Commonwealth. Nigeria needs to have quality education because this is very key.
“African Investment Summit is coming up in London in January and this is an opportunity for you to explored investment opportunities and to sources for finance.
“We can work with you in the areas you have just identified and access to the market and infrastructure are also important”, she added.