Ekiti state government has concluded plans to enter into partnership
with a Brazilian organization, African–Brazil International Forum on
effective agribusiness, Monorail and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT).
The State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who met with officials of the
organization in his office in Ado-Ekiti on Monday, said his government
would be glad to partner the organization to actualize some of his
laudable programmes, particularly in agriculture and transportation.
The Governor noted that Brazil has taken some giant strides in
agriculture, having the most successful agricultural research
organization in the world, hence the need for Ekiti to tap from Brazil
wealth of experience in the areas of research and technology.
He revealed that Ekiti and Brazil have a lot in common including
climate and the types of crops available in the two zones.
“During my first term in office I spent some time in Brazil and I
visited one of the most successful agricultural research organizations
in the whole world and we have been able to learn a lot about what
makes agriculture successful because everything I see in Brazil,
climate wise, soil wise is almost as if I am back in Ekiti. The
successful crops are those that we have here – cocoa, tubers and
grains. But Brazilians have done more to advance via technology, via
research and there is a lot for us to learn from the experience of
The Governor also urged more national and international business
consortiums to come and invest in the state saying Ekiti was ready and
open for business collaboration that would impact positively on the
lives of the people.
He said the state’s Investment and Development Promotion Agency will
drive the partnership alongside the Ministry of Arts and Culture in an
effort to strengthen the bond of cooperation.
He said further, “For us, this is the beginning of an exciting
relationship on the practical side in terms of agricultural
cooperation but also on the cultural side, for us culture is very
central to development and if we connect the two worlds, I know that
we would make giant strides in our partnership.
Earlier, the General Secretary of the Forum, Lucas Andrade revealed
that his association has over one million farmers with a team of over
25 investors ready to work with the state government to bring more
development to the state.
Andrade, whose Yoruba name is Adeyemi Awurela, said the technical
project was expected to bring a lot of food to the state through its
agricultural programme adding that the mobility system would help
bring radical development to the state.
The State Commissioner for Culture and Tourism, Prof. Rasak Ojo
Bakare, said the visit of the Brazilians was the aftermath of the trip
by the Ministry’s top officials to Brazil last year. This he said has
yielded positive results not only for tourism industry but for other
facets of the economy.
Prof. Bakare revealed that that over 25 investors have shown interests
in coming to Ekiti to invest in different areas of the economy, under
what he called the Brazil-Ekiti Project (BRAKIT).
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