• Tony Igele

Obasanjo, Captain Hosa and The $750million Mexican Firm To Boost Edo State

As part of efforts to create jobs and a conducive business environment in the state, Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obasekion on Tuesday received in audience, former President Olusegun Obasanjo and billionaire businessman, Capt. Hosa Okubor.

Obasanjo who visited the palace of Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II was also in Government House to give his blessings to Governor Obaseki’s policies and programmes, especially in the area of job creation, industrialization and wealth creation.

Both investors (ex-President Obasanjo and Okunbor) had visited “Wells Sam Carlos Farm” in Benin metropolis – along Sapele Road Bye-Pass before calling on Governor Obaseki.

Fielding questions from journalists on his mission to the state, Obasanjo, said “I have come to visit the Governor and the Governor has accepted my visit.’’

In his normal humorous manner, Chief Obasanjo said, “I come salute Governor and Governor don pick my salute. That one no do?”

When prodded further, he said again, “I say, I come greet Governor, I come salute Governor and Governor don pick my salute,” and laughed his way through the crowd of reporters who besieged him to extract words over his visit.

It is recalled that Capt. Okunbor had recently started a multi-billion naira agro-allied business in the State in partnership with a Mexican firm, Wells Sam Carlos Farm worth $750million (about N150 billion).

The farm, designed to create 85,000 jobs in the State, will create 25,000 direct jobs and 60,000 indirect jobs.

At the palace, he informed the monarch that he was in Benin to inspect a multi-million dollar farm project owned by an Edo-based businessman, Capt. Hosa Okunbor (retd.), and located in Ikpoba-Okha Local Government Area of the state.

While congratulating the Oba on his coronation, the former president, who was also accompanied on the visit by Okunbor, described him as a man‎ of dignity.

He added, “The Oba, whom I have known for a long time, remains the same. So, I am very happy to be here and proud of him.”

Oba Ewuare II said that he was delighted to receive the former president in his palace, barely a week after receiving a former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (retd.).

The monarch noted that, being a successful farmer, Obasanjo would inspire the agro-allied industry in Edo to grow

According to him, agricultural development was the way forward for Nigeria, even as he said that former president’s wisdom could play a major role in the creation ofthe Gelegele export-free zone in Ovia North-East Local Government Area.

He also assured that the palace would not let its people down‎ but do its best to cater for their welfare.

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