Governor Abiola Ajimobi
Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has raised the alarm that some “discredited and disgruntled” politicians have been holding nocturnal meetings with some officials of the state branch of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) who are on police wanted list to cause violence in the state.
The governor disclosed this while speaking at the foundation laying ceremony of Funduk Intravenous Fluid factory in Ibadan on Monday.
Consequently, he said his government would leave no stone unturned in ensuring that violence, brigandage and culture of impunity were not allowed to return to the state.
“The government is aware that many of those who benefitted from the reign of terror of the past have been holding nocturnal meetings with some wanted men of the NURTW to return the state to their despicable reign of terror.
“I assure you that this government will not allow this. We will leave no stone unturned in ensuring peace and tranquility in the state. We shall not allow the return of violence, brigandage and a culture of impunity in our state,” the governor said.
He called on the people of the state to be vigilant and call the attention of the state government and security agencies on any suspicious activity of ‘discredited and disgruntled’ politicians in the state.
Ajimobi said his administration had successfully addressed the issue of peace and security which he described as the foundation of all development.
“But for peace and tranquility that God has helped us to bring to the state, it would have been very difficult to invest as Funduk has done in our state,” he stated.
While commending the promoters of the firm for their sense of patriotism, he described the establishment of the factory as a milestone in his administration’s quest at industrialising the economy of the state.
“This administration believes industrialisation is the guarantee for the economic development of our state and the social and economic advancement of our people,” he said.
The governor said that his government had committed itself to the provision of a conducive environment for investment, adding “we have also rolled out many initiatives to encourage investors in the state, including reduction in the cost of land, provision of start off public infrastructure and tax rebate.”
In his own remark, the Minister of Trade and Investment, Mr. Olusegun Aganga, while agreeing with an earlier submission of the promoter of the intravenous industry, Professor Dupe Olatubosun, that the cost of obtaining credit in Nigeria was one of the most prohibitive in the world, said that the Jonathan administration was doing everything possible to stem the tide.
The minister said that through the Bank of Industry, which is a parastatal under his ministry, the government had been luring investors, both local and foreign, to the country, stating that Nigeria was one of the most worthy ports of investments in the world.
In his own remark, Professor Olatubosun said the idea of starting the intravenous industry came to him some years back while on his sick bed, stating that the company was poised to save the country foreign exchange as 95-98 per cent of intravenous fluid being consumed in the country was imported.