To ensure fair acquisition of agricultural land by investors, communities, and the government, the Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP) has launched a Framework for Responsible and Inclusive Land-Intensive Agricultural Investment (FRILIA).
Speaking at the launch of the FRILIA, Governor Dapo Abiodun, represented by Jamiu Odetoyinbo, the commissioner for rural development, disclosed that FRILIA would bridge the gap between the rural and urban people by curbing rural-urban migration and increasing the economic value of rural residents, which is agriculture.
The Program Coordinator for Ogun State Economic Transformation Project (OGSTEP), Mrs. Mosunmola Owo-Odunsi, said the framework was in line with the state development plan’s 2017–2030 reform agenda, to accelerate strategic reforms and foster public investment for greater private sector participation in the economy.
Represented by the OGSTEP Social Specialist, Dr Kehinde Thomas, the Coordinator noted that FRILIA would reduce land conflicts and attract more investment opportunities as well as development to rural areas.
OGSTEP FRILIA specialist, Olotu Dipo Shofowora, explained that the framework for FRILIA was sought to ensure that all parties involved benefit maximally from attracting investors to the state and boosting the economic development for a better livelihood of all.
The Programme Manager OGSTEP Agric, Dr Oluseyi Olugbire, disclosed that the entire 20 LGAs of the state are the main target beneficiaries of the framework, and that the government remains committed to the transformation of the economic structure of the state.
The executive director, Ogun-Osun River Basin Development Authority (OORBDA), Oladapo Akinlade, described the project as a good initiative that would help attract investors to the state and fast- track agricultural development