The administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola of Osun State has been lauded by the United States Government on its unalloyed commitment to reengineering of the State’s health sector.
This commendation was made when the Consul General of the US Consulate in Lagos, Ms Claire Pierangelo payed a courtesy visit on the governor on Monday.
The Consul said the US was committed to further strengthening the investment relationship between it and the Osun State Government. She described Osun as one of the few governments in Nigeria that had recorded an unprecedented success in the implementation of the Health Insurance Scheme and reiterated its readiness to partner with the state government in its efforts to rejuvenate its economy.
The US Consul General maintained that the collaboration with the state would go a long way to build a healthy economy for the state and open windows of investment and business opportunities for the US and Osun.
She said: “We are very glad to be here to have the opportunity to talk to you on the activities of the state and to be able to see the areas where we can strengthen cooperation and collaboration.
“In particular, I want to compliment you and your team on the efforts to revitalise the health sector. We are aware that Osun is one of the best states in the implementation of the Health Insurance Scheme. We must congratulate the state on this feat particularly for being the mother for a programme around the country.
“We are here to register our intent to partner the state particularly in the areas of agriculture and school feeding programme and other areas that you feel the need for collaboration.
“We are glad to know that Osun is working hard already to bring investors into the state as this will help to fine-tune our collaboration and cooperation. We are ready to strengthen the partnership ties in the education, tourism, technical and vocational sectors among others”, Pierangelo added.
Governor Oyetola, in his response thanked the United States government for its interest in and support for Osun State, especially in the areas of economic growth and development; governance and development; security cooperation among others.
The governor further reeled out the investment opportunities for partnership across critical sectors of the State, which he described as key growth drivers.