Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, Governor Dapo Abiodun and the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited, Ambassador Babatunde Adeyemo are among the dignitaries expected to grace the pre – conference Abeokuta 2023 session of the forthcoming Canada Trade Mission ’24.
The Pre – conference Abeokuta ’23 which has been slated for October 23 at the June 12 Cultural Centre Kuto – Abeokuta, the state capital seeks to galvanise artisans, local talents, and the economy in diverse sectors preparatory for exposure to the global market of consumers and investors in Canada as well as other parts of the world.
The elder statesman Obasanjo is coming as chairman of the occasion, Governor Abiodun would be the distinguished guest of honour while Realtor Babatunde Adeyemo would feature as guest speaker.
Other dignitaries expected to attend the event are the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo; who is the Royal Father of the day, the Iyalode of Yorubaland, Chief (Mrs) Alaba Lawson (Mother of the day) and Tunde Kilani (guest of honour).
Others are guest speakers including Permanent Secretary, Ogun State Ministry of Culture & Tourism, Mrs Oluwatosin Oloko and Special Adviser to Governor Dapo Abiodun on Job & Employment Creation, Mr. Abiola Odetola.
It was reported that an estimated half a billion dollar investment is expected to come to Ogun State, particularly Abeokuta, the state capital, next year to boost income, create jobs and further drive the socioeconomic fortune of the Egba people to the next level.
Cumulatively, the investment is expected to come from Nigerians living in Canada, United States, Europe and other parts of the world who are eager to lay a solid foundation back home by way of investment preparatory to their “Japada.”
And the vehicle to drive the investment is the planned ‘Canada Trade Mission 2024,’ a trade show and exhibitions slated for next year in Canada. It is an initiative of the Solteque Group which is aimed at bringing Nigerians in Diaspora together for a sensitization fair on the opportunities available for them to explore back home in real estate sector, Adire and other local fabrics business that are synonymous with the Egbas of Ogun State.
The promoter of the planned 5 – day event in Canada is Chief Olawale Olaleye, who disclosed that the event had already received the blessing of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Adedotun Gbadebo, the Osile of Oke – Ona Egba, Oba Adedapo Tejuosho, and other sectional monarchs.
Chief Olaleye who is the CEO of Solteque Group and the Bobawoga of Orile Itesi, Egbaland, said that the investment drive is targeting the real estate sector as well as the Adire, Isanyan, Aso Oke and other local fabrics businesses.
According to him, the Canada Trade Mission ’24 will feature a talk show where notable practitioners in real estate like the CEO of Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited, Dr. Babatunde Adeyemo, will educate participants on how to take advantage of the real estate investment back home.
“We are looking at a project that is set to bring about a quarter to half a billion dollar investments into Ogun State, particularly Abeokuta from investors and other participants that are going to channel their resources back home.
“It is going to be a loaded event and is probably going to be a 5 – day event, because we planned for tourist attractions, when people come into the country, we take them around for site seeing perhaps it will be the event for the last day. It is going to be a trade show, products exhibitions, talk show where notable practitioners in real estate like the CEO of Pelican Valley Nigeria Limited will educate people on how to take advantage of real estate investment.
“The ‘Canada Trade Mission 2024’ is borne out of the idea of trying to let our people in diaspora see the opportunity that are in real estate at home,” Chief Olaleye said.
Corroborating the Bobawoga, the CEO of Pelican Valley, Dr. Babatunde Adeyemo, who vouched for the integrity of the organiser and the planned trade show itself, assured of the preparedness of the foremost real estate firm to help Nigerians living abroad benefit from its many products.
The multi award winning Realtor also noted that the Pelican Valley products are specifically tailored to meet the yearnings and taste of Nigerians in Diaspora, assuring that he would personally attend the ‘Canada Trade Mission 2024’ to appropriately guide those eager to Japada and invest their hard earned savings/earnings lest they fall into wrong hands and lose their money.
He said, “I’m an anti – corruption Ambassador and have been practicing real estate for the past 12 years. It is a rare privilege partnering with Chief Olawale Olaleye, the Bobawoga. I got to know him as an investor, he personally invested in our project and has fully developed his project in our Pelican Brief Estate,with 100% government approval. He is one of the over 100 Nigerians in Canada that have invested in our project, his integrity and obedience fished him out, I’m a reserved person I don’t roll with people that will dent my integrity and image. I have critically studied him, and realised that he is a man of his word. I’m ready to throw in my hart at whatever he is doing.
“So, I see Canada Trade Mission 2024 as an opportunity. About a year ago when he invited me, I first of all thought he was part of those that makes mouth but after getting my Visa Without collecting a dime from me I began to take a second look at the thing, although I ‘m not always interested in traveling out, I don’t like it. We have successfully earnersed the international real estate world without stepping out of Nigeria, but he has been using his love to persuade me to help people in the diaspora and continue to contribute to humanity. It is not about going there to make money but to help people of like -minds, people of aee age willing to japada successfully.
“You know we are used to hearing Japa, now we are hearing Japada. When you Japa and you achieved your dreams there, there is a need for you to also Japada. So, Bobawoga and Pelican are actually an architects of Japada, he is helping those that want to Japada, to make things easy for them to Japada because I know that it is not that easy for you to come back home because there are many conditions attached to coming back.
“You must have a solid base. What are you coming back to do? You are getting old already and the weather is not friendly to you anymore. You can’t just leave that place in a hurry. You have so many dependants there, you have to settle them. Coming down here, you need to answer the questions of, ‘ what are you coming here to do?’ Which investment have you made? So, he is trying to help those that are ripe to Japada, to make a solid investment back home. I have to be there to talk to them and give advice so that when they are coming back, they will not fall into wrong hands posing as real estate players. You see, the prey of these scammers are the diasporas eager to Japada, who had worked in the snow and want to invest their hard earned savings/earnings in Nigeria. They are the prey of the fraudsters. I’m going there personally to be part of the discussants and to let people know the value of the real estate investment and how to start early before they eventually Japada. So, it is my passion and I’m really happy to be part of this development.”
“In fact, our products are meant for them. I know by the time I will be leaving Canada, Babawoga will be given a Chieftaincy title in Canada by his people because the value of the investment expected cannot be overemphasized, once they pay, they are getting their allocation almost immediately. It is not the case of someone waiting for months or years to get allocated. We have done our beacon sheet and it is government approved. We have Pelican Greenish Acres Farm Estate for them to keep their heart and soul together, we have Pelican Ecostay Apartments where we build houses for them. You can buy ready – made houses from us so that you don’t fall preys to wrong hands and lose your money. We are fully prepared to meet demands.”
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