Over ten key players in the organised private sector of Singapore as
well as state-owned enterprises, met with the Governor of Edo State,
Mr. Godwin Obaseki, on Friday, in the Asian country, as he intensified
his quest for foreign investors and partners to bolster the state’s
The governor’s meeting with the expanded group of industrialists was
an opportunity for the Edo State government to build strong ties with
the leading companies in Asia operating from Singapore, and attract
them to invest in the state’s manufacturing, agribusiness, digital
services, food processing and urban development sectors.
The meeting was attended by the Singaporean Consul General to Nigeria,
Haresh Aswani; Acting High Commissioner of Nigeria to Singapore,
Zainab Tani Zakari-Awami, while the business community was led by the
Vice Chairman of the country’s apex chamber of commerce, the Singapore
Business Federation, Shabbir Hassanbhai.
Other Singaporean industry actors present at the meeting were Chief
Sustainability Officer, Wilmar International Pte Ltd., Jeremy Goon;
Manager, Middle East and Africa, Aalst Chocolate Pte Ltd., Cheah Klu
Lye; Chairman, Crop Protection-Commercial, Asiatic Agricultural
Industries Pte Ltd., Chuan Chek Chee; Group Senior Managing Director,
Business Development (Middle East and Africa), Hyflux Limited, Kum Mum
Lock; Regional Business Development Manager, Surbana Jurong
Consultancies Pte Ltd, Mohammed Ail Fateh, and Manager, Middle East
&Africa, Information Enterprise Singapore, Aaron Goh, among others.
In his presentation, Obaseki paraded the ongoing reform in technical
education, with the revamping of Benin Technical College that will
produce resourceful and technology-savvy workforce for industries; the
ease of doing business in Edo State, driven by laws that guarantee
security of investments and profit repatriation and hospitable people
with age-old heritage of hosting investors and visitors.