Mining, education, agriculture and security have been four major areas on which the Osun state Government in Nigeria and the Australian Government are partnering.
Mr Paul Lehmann, the Australian High Commissioner to Nigeria sealed this deal with the Osun State governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, on his visit to the state capital, Osogbo.
Lehmann said: “I am here to know which area we can be of help to each other as well as advance our business and trade partnership… Australia is vast in mining, sports, agriculture, husbandry and education.
“For this singular reason, my visit has made me to see the need to strengthen cooperation with your government on education, agriculture and other sensitive areas…Since the state is blessed with mineral resources, I am assuring you of my country’s fruitful partnership with Osun to accomplish all her dreams.”
The Australian High Commissioner, company of other Australian diplomats in Nigeria, praised the governor for his achievements, especially the social protection programs.
He however said the Osun state people are better aware of the policy thrust of government and that his arrival has availed him the opportunity to see things as they really are in the state.
“Aregbesola has not only put into practice what government and governance represent but has also exhibited clearly the role expected of any serious government in consciously rebranding the society and make it liveable for the people.
“I have gone round the town. I have seen some of the interventions of this administration in all sectors most especially in education, agriculture and security. These are the major sectors on which government and governance are based. I was marvelled when I visited some of the state-of-the-art schools constructed by the government…I have seen good governance in action in Osun. I have seen much efforts and commitment put together by the state on security as it is on records that this state is one of the peaceful if not the most peaceful state in Nigeria.
” I commend Mr Governor for making Osun, Nigeria and Africa proud with his achievements”, Lehmann said.
The partnership deal was driven from the hindsight of Australia’s position as world leader in mining and animal husbandry, from where Osun State could derive the needed support for its agricultural advancement.
“We want to collaborate with your government to properly harness our potentials in agriculture, mining and education sectors… Since our economy is primarily driven by agriculture, hence the need to revamp the sector by all means and your collaboration and intervention in this regard will be of tremendous assistance”, Ogbeni Aregbesola said.
He however praised the Australian diplomat for the willingness to do business with the state on the ground that it has achieved quite a lot. Aregbesola promised his government’s commitment to better position Osun State for more gains.