The Nigerian Investment Promotion Commission (NIPC) has awarded the Oyo state government with a four-star rating as a Well Qualified State to help foreign and domestic investors.
Disclosing this on Sunday, the State Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Mr. Toye Arulogun said the rating was conveyed in a correspondence NIPC/ES/YTS/DSCO/2018/04/Vol.1/10 addressed to the Governor Abiola Ajimobi by the NIPC Executive Secretary, Ms Yewande Sadiku.
Mr. Arulogun stated that the NIPC has assured that the Nigerian Investment Certification Programmes for States (NICPS) certificate will be presented to the state government soon, noting that the certification is valid for two years.
The government spokesman explained that the certification process was scored by the NICPS Team consisting of staff of NIPC, international and domestic consultants, stressing that the result was also verified by independent external panelists.
Arulogun added that Governor Ajimobi’s relentless efforts to bring investments to the state was also rewarded as the state was adjudged as the 4th best investment friendly and one of the only five states that attracted investment to the country in 2017 by the Nigeria Bureau of Statistics (NBS).
The NIPC correspondence reads: “The commission appreciates the Governor for providing the leadership, strong will and support to the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the state that worked diligently to ensure that Oyo State was among the first states in Nigeria to be certified as “Investment Friendly” under the Nigerian Investment Certification Programmes for States ( NICPS).
“As mentioned the trainings, the certification was designed to support states to promote, attract, manage investors and investments as well as to produce a conducive investment climate for attracting and retaining investors in the state.
“We believe this rating will encourage Oyo State to continuously improve its capacity to document, promote and facilitate new private investments that will support economic diversification, improved internal generated revenue and creation of large numbers of jobs”.
He assured that the Abiola Ajimobi administration will not relent in its security initiative, infrastructural development, urban renewal, ease of ding business as well as update of the beneficial data which have paved way for investments inflow in the state, saying that NIPC on its part has assured to signpost investors to the State.
Arulogun assured that the state Bureau of Investment Promotion will continue its critical function of diversifying and expanding the state’s economy by attracting and encouraging potential and existing investors as part of the repositioning agenda of the Ajimobi government.