Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has promised to punish operators of illegal toll points in the state.
Dapo, who revealed this as he received a 3-man team from the Ogun- Guangdong Free Trade Zone, at his office in Oke Mosan, Abeokuta, said those behind these points are hindering the economic growth of the State.
He added that if levies will be placed on anybody, it has to come from the state’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
His words, “The issue of illegal tolling has been brought to my notice. I learnt that people are collecting multiple tolls. We are creating a task force in the state that will ensure it stops,”
“If there would be any levies that will be placed on anyone, those levies will be from our ministry of commerce and the revenue will be coming to the state.
“For us in the state, the benefit to us is that such establishments must offer our citizenry employment and when our citizens are employed, that immediately impacts on their collective responsibility.
“So we will do everything to support this type of activities in our state. We will do everything to encourage other investors. This administration’s policy thrust is focused on public-private sector partnerships. It is the centerpiece of our vision and we are determined to continue to create that enabling environment for the public-private sector partnership because we believe that is the only way we can see economic prosperity,”
“The road infrastructure in your corridor is a problem – both your zone, the OPIC. We are looking at different solutions to deal with that. You know that the road there that leads to your place is a Federal road. We have a lot of PPP initiatives from third parties that want to fund its reconstruction. We had an international financial institution interested in it. It suffices for you to know that it is receiving our attention,”
“We are a government. We are not business. So, all we can do is to find ways and means to make it easier for businesses to thrive in our state. To that extent, we’ve put some policies in place. We’ve also passed some bills to the House of Assembly to enable business function and thrive maximally in Ogun state. We’ve passed the Ogun Investment Promotion Agency Bill, the Ogun Public-Private Partnership is also before the House and will be passed between now and the end of the week. We’ll have PPP office. These are some of the things we’ve put in place to ensure that we have a robust relationship with the private sector.”
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