Oyebanji seeks support from federal agencies to boost Ekiti’s economy


Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji has started talks with federal agencies and development partners in Abuja to boost the state’s economy.

Oyebanji, who met senior officials from NIRSAL MFB and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) on Tuesday, said he was in the nation’s capital to personally lead the talks with heads of Federal MDAs, international development agencies and some private sectors on areas of support and collaboration with the administration.

According to a statement released on Tuesday by his chief press secretary, Olayinka Oyebode, the governor said the agencies’ support would help his administration’s plan to boost economic prosperity for the people of Ekiti State.

Governor Oyebanji, in separate meetings with NIRSAL MFB Managing Director Abubakar Kure and SMEDAN Managing Director Olawale Fasanya, said he was confident that the fortunes of the state would improve through partnership strategic with agencies.

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He said the state government will ensure an atmosphere conducive for small and medium enterprises to thrive, while also attracting large companies to invest in the state.

He said his administration’s focus is on how well-educated Ekiti can deploy their knowledge to create wealth, adding that his administration will leave no stone unturned in seeking opportunities for his people. young and numerous to obtain a job and to be able to create businesses.

“I know that if we are able to develop our SMEs, RMI will improve and people’s lives will improve,” Oyebanji said, urging agencies to support agriculture and cooperatives in the state.

Speaking at one of the meetings, Kure said the financial institution would provide funds to the state to deal with youth unemployment.

The boss of NIRSAL MFB, who highlighted several schemes that the state can access, urged the governor to also ensure that beneficiaries also meet their repayment obligation.

On his part, Fasanya said that SMEDAN is ready to partner with Ekiti State, adding, “The majority of the population are farmers and traders, artisans, so we have a lot to support.”

He added that SMEDAN could help with material supply and business support services.

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