Ogun State government has expressed her readiness to partner with business investors and stakeholders in different fields, to enable her to achieve the aims of attracting more investors to the state, through its Investment Promotion Council initiative.
The Deputy Governor, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele who stated this while playing host to the management team of Gateway Mortgage Bank (GMB), led by the Managing Director, Mr. Olawale Osisanya, said, “Attracting more investors to the State would not only boost the state Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) but also create job opportunities to our teeming youths.
She noted that this would help reduce the number of youths wandering around the street and reduce criminal activities such as kidnapping, hooliganism, ritual killings, and child abuse.
On the expansion of branches and other challenges facing GMB, the Deputy Governor pledged government’s support for the bank, charging the management to join hands with allied agencies in the housing sectors to help provide affordable housing units for the people through its various loan facilities.
Earlier in his remarks, the GMB boss, Mr. Osisanya while congratulating the Governor and his Deputy for their victory, revealed that the bank now has three branches, in Abeokuta, Ota and Mowe-Ibafo areas, adding that the industry was doing everything possible to expand more branches to allow more people to have access to the bank.
“We have applied for additional branches from Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to be situated in Sagamu, Ilaro and Ifo. We also have about 54 members of staff across the state at Points of Payment (POP) who move round to make transactions with people, especially where we are not feasible’’ he said.
Oluwaseun Boye & Temitayo Taylor
Press Officers, Office of the Deputy Governor