Deputy head of the political section of the commission, Andrew Fleming, disclosed this at the weekend during a two-day visit to Osun State on the progress made by the Governor Rauf Aregbesola administration in the last one year since his re-election.
Fleming said what he saw on hand testified to the fact that the governor was delivering on his promises to the people of the state.
The British envoy, who said he is touring states in the country to scout for investment potentials for British companies, identified Osun as one of the country’s leading agriculture-based states capable of meeting the needs of British companies, which now focus on agriculture-oriented businesses.
“Osun State is strategic in agriculture and business. It is pertinent for us to come visit a year after the election so as to see the progress being made.
“We have seen progress in virtually all sectors, which shows that the governor is delivering on his political promises.
“Some of the British companies are interested in agriculture-based businesses now. So we want to know what the state is doing in terms of infrastructure and business opportunities available in the state,” Fleming said.
Responding on behalf of the government, the Secretary to the State Government, Moshood Adeoti, commended the British government for its intervention in the country’s general election, which guaranteed its free and fair conduct.
Adeoti said the state was a haven for investors because of the available infrastructure, peace and security, which the Aregbesola administration takes with great interests.
He stated that a peaceful environment also attracts investments, as the state was one of the most peaceful in the country.
He said: “Osun has been developed to attract investments. We have the least rate of unemployment and high turnover of skilled labour.
“Our government, since Ogbeni Aregbesola came to power five years ago, has been equipping the security agencies for effective policing of the state.
“The result is peace, law and order that are reigning in the state. And this is very pivotal to any investor. Besides, Osun is the centre of power distribution, which means there is regular supply of power.”