The Chairman, Edo Investment Summit, Mr. Asue Ighodalo, has described the state as Nigeria’s best kept secret in driving growth and development in a post-oil economy.
Ighodalo, who is also the chairman of Sterling Bank, made this known at the maiden edition of the Edo Investment Summit in Benin, the state capital.
He explained that with its geographical location, natural endowments, dedication and commitment to drive private sector investments, the state had the capacity to create massive employment and become a sub-national economic hub.
Ighodalo, while delivering his address at the summit, which attracted other captains of industry from the public and private sector, said, “The Edo State Government has convened this gathering of global, national and state leaders from the government, business and civil society to unveil and showcase Nigeria’s best kept secret, and Nigeria’s best kept secret is Edo State; and to reset the vision of the state in a post-oil economy, a vision of prosperous, productive and peaceful Edo State that rises to its full economic potential as a vibrant engine of growth within the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“In conceptualising our agenda for the summit, Edo State has engaged in a deep and rigorous assessment of factors and drivers of its future, which we will over the next few days deliberate on and then we will all together agree on the focus strategies and actions that will make Edo State the investors’ preferred choice.
“Our goal at this investment summit is simple. We will identify the factor endowments that give Edo the competitive and comparative advantage. We will explore and examine what we must do to create the factor conditions to maximise these endowments and we will commit to the actions that make Edo State the most competitive sub-national investment environment in Nigeria.”
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