The United States (U.S.) Consulate in Nigeria has expressed its readiness to partner with six states in Nigeria’s South-West zone to drive the growth of its agriculture.
Consular to 17 states in Southern Nigeria, Claire Pierangelo, stated this yesterday after her visit to the Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) Commission and its sister Odu’a Investment Company in Oyo State.
Pierangelo explained that the choice of the zone was because of its important position as Nigeria’s economic engine.
She said, “We come here today to find out how the South-West is organising itself, how it is co-operating and how it is working on economic development so that we can work with the states through the DAWN Commission in their areas of co-operation.”
Speaking to journalists after the visit, Director-General of the DAWN Commission, Seye Oyeleye, explained that the visit was focused on how both parties can improve agriculture in the zone.
Oyeleye further explained that the Commission was able to highlight some of the things that it has faced in the sector and where it needed support.
He added, “They saw DAWN Commission, in conjunction with Odua Investment Company, as more like a one-stop-shop where they can get a clearer picture and how they can approach agriculture funding for the region”.