Governor Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday has revealed his administration’s plan to establish a world class cattle ranch in Ogun State through the Public Private Partnership arrangement.
The governor made this known at Oke – Mosan Governor’s Office, Abeokuta, the State capital, when he received a team from Irish Dairy Milk; who came to the state with an offer of could set up their manufacturing plant in Ogun.
Abiodun said the opportunity brought by the agricultural sector should be considered as very important, explaining that agriculture being one of the biggest pillars of the administration, as such, it could help boost the state’s Internally Generated Revenue(IGR) and also help reduce the rate of unemployment.
He added that his administration was looking at livestock production/farming, saying he believed the proximity of Ogun state to other states could aid her to feed other states.
Abiodun noted that it would gladden the heart if the state could actualize its dream of having a cattle ranch that could assist in its determination to serve as market for Lagos state.
He also applauded the good intention of the company to set up a manufacturing plant in the state, promising them that the state is willing and prepared to give all support required for the realization of the project.
” We are very excited about the opportunity that the agricultural sector presents, the agricultural sector is one of our biggest pillars, agriculture for us, we see it as one of our biggest pillars because not only do we believe that through agriculture we can employ our youths, we can guarantee food security, we can also generate revenue.
” At this point in time in this country, there is a lot of discussion on cattle rearing, cattle ranching, for us in Ogun state, besides the fact that we are looking at agriculture as a sector, we are looking at livestock as well, we believe that our proximity to other states gives us the advantage of being able to feed them as well via poultry.
“So, we are actually looking at how to set up our own ranches to be owned by the Public Private Partnership (PPP).
“Noting will delight us in these state than to have our ranches, because even the cattle market that Lagos depends on is right here in our state and we’ve been discussing in the last one week how to ensure that we actually have a proper ranch, properly organized ranch and an abatior that will be world class,” the Governor said.
The Chief Executive Officer, Irish Diary Milk, Global, Samir Boudjada noted, In his remark, that they decided to pick the state because of its strategic relevance and proximity to Lagos state.
” This is the ultimate state for us, the feedback is really positive and we are looking forward to being part of this private partnership and creating jobs in Nigeria.
” This is the gateway state close to Lagos and you know when you are sighting a factory, you need certain parameters, we need a seaport that we can send out our goods, so, Ogun state is strategically relevant to the business of these nature and we didn’t a mistake, Ogun State has passed all tests,” he said.