By: Adémólá Òrúnbon
The Ogun State has been nominated as one of the beneficiary states of the First Phase Implementation of Special Agro-Industrial Processing Zone (SAPZ) Programme in Nigeria.
The Minister of Finance, Budget & National Planning, Zainab Ahmed, made this known during Special-Agro industrial processing zones programme high level meeting held via zoom meeting on Monday.
Twenty-four states had participated in the bidding process leading to announcement of the beneficiaries.
Other seven states including the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were selected for the programme to be flagged off in January, 2022.
The virtual meeting was also attended by representatives from the African Development Bank (AfDB), International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) and other partners.
The meeting, which was the concluding engagement preceding full implementation of SAPZ Programme in Nigeria, equally had the Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun; his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde; Imo state governor, Hope Uzodinma, Kaduna State governor, Nasir El-rufai and the Cross River State governor, Ben Ayade, in attendance.