Oyo state government has restated its commitment to economic development of the state through development of markets and business development.
The state Commissioner for Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperatives, Chief Bayo Lawal gave the assurance while commissioning the Ogbomoso Ultra Modern Business Complex, slaughter slab and ancillary facilities.
The facility had suffered abandonment since 1999 by past administrations but revamped by the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration.
Lawal who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Trade, Industry, Investment and Cooperatives, Dr ‘Bunmi Babalola described the project as a dream come true after 23 years of its conception.
He said, “I am glad that you noticed that this project has been on since 1999, that is about 23 years now and several governors have come and gone, they tried but could not achieve what we are doing here today and that is to display the seriousness and commitment of the administration of Engineer Seyi Makinde to the development of markets and business environments, hence the importance of this laudable project goes beyond ordinary trade.”
He noted that bringing marketers and traders under a business complex not only guarantee safety from dangers and road accidents, but also gives the sense of belonging and responsibilities.
He added that the slaughter slab was significant as it would ensure that animals are slaughtered and processed under a supervised and hygienic condition which will reduce to the bearest minimum the incidence of meat contamination and consequently reduce diseases in the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Executive Chairman, Ogbomoso North local government, Mr Kabir Ayoade expressed optimism that the slaughter slab and ancillary facilities will attract more commercial and economic activities to the business complex, thereby opening doors for greater development in Ogbomoso zone and Oyo state in general.