Ogun signs $400m MoU with foreign investor on Olokola FTZ

The Ogun State government has signed a $400m Memorandum of Understanding with a foreign firm, Arise Integrated Industrial Platform.

The partnership is for the development of the Olokola Free Trade Zone and Remo Agro-Processing Zone.

Governor Dapo Abiodun, and the Founder/Chief Executive Officer, Arise Integrated Industrial Platform, Gagan Gupta, signed the MoU on Friday, at the Exco Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Abeokuta.

Speaking shortly after the signing ceremony, Gupta disclosed that his organization would focus on the Olokola Free Trade Zone and the Remo Agro-Processing Zone.

He explained that the $400m would be for the completion of phase one of the projects, saying by July 2023, the investment would be higher.

The Arise Integrated founder added that his company would bring equity to the floor by leaving 35 percent open for national players and the state, saying “we would be glad to have Ogun State as a partner.”

“Our ethical-moral is that we will have 65 percent equity and leave 35 percent open for the national players, including Ogun State. We want the state to be our partner and the state will take some equity and the national players will take some equity,” he stressed.

Abiodun commended the company for choosing Ogun and noted that the project would not only create employment opportunities but would be a training hub as the company would set up a technical training center to train artisans for the sustenance of the project.

He said, “We are happy to find a partner that is afro-centric; that understands the sub-region and all the issues that pertain to the people, and is ready to spend over $400m. We are indeed very excited that you are in Ogun State.

“I am glad you are setting up two economic zones, one in Olokola which will deal with mobility and automobiles, and the other one, the Remo Cluster which will take care of agro-processing. We will support you and we will leave no stone unturned. Our support to you will be total. The infrastructure you will bring will lead to more investors coming to our state”.

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