By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
Ekiti State Government, has expressed its readiness to operate a flexible tax policy to attract investment and boost business development in the state.
Similarly, the government restated its commitment to provide adequate security and other social facilities to propel investment and make Ekiti a destination of choice for investors.
The Ekiti State Governor, Biodun Oyebanji , spoke on Tuesday, while hosting the Directors of the Premium Trust Bank , who paid him a visit at his office in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
Oyebanji, represented by his Deputy, Mrs Monisade Afuye, said the bank has no fear operating in the state, with the recent ranking of Ekiti as the most secured and peaceful state in the country.
The Governor said attracting investment to Ekiti remains one of the pillars of his administration, saying his government will provide every impetus that will guarantee safety and development of investments brought to the state under his watch.
“I want to commend your sense of patriotism and love for Ekiti State, by bringing a branch of Premium Trust Bank here to strengthen our economy. We know that Ekiti State was one of the few states you considered for this rare opportunity.
“We are assuring you that we will partner you to ensure that you have a smooth and peaceful environment to operate. If you check your records, Ekiti has one of the best business friendly environments in Nigeria and Governor, Biodun Oyebanji had disclosed his intention to operate a flexible tax policy that will make business thrive in our dear state.
“We know that with this branch in Ekiti State, it will avail our graduates employment opportunities and increase in the revenue base in terms of tax payment and other obligations you will render to government.
“As government is ready to partner you by providing adequate security measures, it is expected that you will also play your Corporate Social Responsibilities very effectively, so that our partnership can be mutually beneficial.
“It is the CSR that helps the growth and development of Lagos State and we need such intervention in Ekiti State”.
The Executive Director in charge of Lagos and Southwest, Premium Trust Bank, Mr. Ademola Adeyemi, described the bank as the newest in Ekiti with the motive to operate in line with financial regulations to build the country’s economy.
Adeyemi said the bank was granted operational license by the Central Bank of Nigeria in December 2021 and started operation in April 19, 2022, pledging to perform its Corporate Social Responsibility in a way that will be positively impactful on Ekiti.
The Bank chief said; “We will like to partner the state to add values to its economy in line with our focus to impact positively on the environment where we operate.