Nigeria Moving Towards Topmost Hub for Business, Says Osinbajo

Kemi Olaitan in Ibadan

The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, yesterday said despite the challenges facing Nigerian business environment, the country has continued to move towards being one of the topmost hubs for business, trade and investment.

This is just as he called on Nigerians within the country and in Diaspora to embrace the real estate industry for the sake of the nation’s future.

The vice president who spoke yesterday  in Ibadan, during the inauguration   of Phase 1 of Westlink Iconic Estate, a joint venture between Odu’a Investment Company Limited (OICL) and Chapter 4 Estate Management Limited, said the commitment of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, to improve the ease of doing business led to the inauguration of the Presidential Enabling Business Environment Council (PEBEC), stating that this had helped to catalyse the country’s business environment and also maintain a proper business climate.

He added that the appeal to Nigerians in the Diaspora encouraged what he described as the joint venture project between OICL and Chapter 4 Estates Management Ltd, maintaining that it confirms that there is a huge opportunity in the country for investments in real estate industry.

According to him, “The Nigerian business environment has been colored and polarised with lots of challenges spawning fear as a result of insecurity, uncertainty, political, environmental and cultural disparities.”

In spite of these challenges, Nigeria is slowly but surely checking the boxes when it comes to the ease of doing business, resulting in the country being one of the topmost hubs for business, trade and investment.

“I must commend the effort of the Board and Management of Odu’a Investment Company Limited for initiating this noble project, and ensuring that the First phase of the project is being commissioned today. This clearly demonstrate a blend of private partnership which brings about greater dividends. While government commits to creating an enabling environment, I will advise that we look to the private sector for investments to galvanise growth in the sector. We must indeed, work together to redefine the real estate industry for the future in Nigeria.”

Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State, who was represented by his deputy, Barrister Adebayo Lawal, lauded the project as it greatly impacted on human development index, disclosing that the state government wholeheartedly welcomed and supported the idea when it was mooted in 2019.

“This initiative of the Odu’a Investment Company Limited bodes well with the deliberate design of the government of Oyo State to make life more meaningful to the people of the state, open up our economy and enhance the quality of life”, he said.

The governor expressed delight that the estate, which was envisioned at the start of his administration, was being  inaugurated with the first phase, assuring that the state was open to other business interests and developers as the vast land the state has gives it a competitive advantage which developers and industries can tap into.

 The Chairman, OICL, Otunba Bimbo Ashiru, in his remarks, said the project demonstrated the resolve and commitment of the group to work with the best partners in the industry to deliver high quality real estate projects, stating that  it was conceptualized with the aim of improving the lives of residents by providing end-to-end living, recreational and retail experiences and word-class infrastructure. 

He disclosed that the project being  inaugurated was made up of 67 residential units of 3-bedroom apartments, 4-bedroom duplexes and 5-bedroom duplexes, noting that the apartments were  serviced with best-in-class facilities and amenities including street lights, treated high pressure pipe borne water, security and waste management facilities.

He said: “The Phase 2 of the project which will take the number of homes delivered to 124, and will consolidate on the amenities of Phase 1 with additional facilities such as an indoor swimming pool, other recreational facilities, a multi-purpose commercial complex, a children’s play area, as well as a state-of-the-art community centre, amongst others. The project is a testament to the power of real estate joint ventures and their ability to facilitate the delivery of projects. The project also showcases the resources available for viable and well-planned real estate projects both locally and through the relatively untapped Nigerian Diaspora population.

“We expect real estate projects to better harness the Nigerian diaspora market. Overall, our partnership with Chapter 4 Estates Management Ltd has been productive, and it demonstrates the value of working with partners who are committed to delivering quality. This is a model that the Odu’a Investment Group believes in, and will continue to pursue for future real estate developments.”

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