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By: Ade Adeleke
Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has urged the people of the state and beyond to take time to visit the Ondo – Linyi Industrial hub located within the premise of the Ore Industrial park to appreciate the industrial breakthrough that has been recorded so far.
Governor Akeredolu said the state is surely on the pathway to great industrial growth which will turn the economic of the state around for the better.
He added that the Textile mill widely circulated by the people was just a tip of the iceberg considering other huge investments at the park.
There are five industries at the Ondo – Linyi Industrial Hub. They included : MDF plant, HDF factory, Textile Mill, Paper Mill and the Cassave to Ethanol plant.
The Governor spoke during a courtesy visit by the Araromi – Obu in – Council to the governor’s office, Alagbaka Akure on Tuesday.
Governor Akeredolu stressed that what is presently happening in the state in terms of industrial growth has never been witnessed in the history of the sunshine state.
He added that the South Senatorial district of the state must be developed as the area was strategically located with abundant resources needed for development
Akeredolu also said the state is pursuing the issue of the deep sea port without looking back.
The governor disclosed that the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) assessment team will be in the state soon to assess the deep Sea Port.
He said :” We have submitted all our papers. The NPA assessment team will be here this week or next. It’s after that we will have the port declaration and then, we know that it’s a federal government thing, but we will look for investors.”
The Ajobu of Araromi Obu, Oba Aderemi Adelola who led the team praised the Governor for the various projects in Odigbo local government. He described the projects as star projects with huge economic gains.
The monarch said, “We thank you for what you have been able to do so far in terms of infrastructure. Araromi Obu community is an agrarian community. We appreciate your administration for some land mark development projects. After the completion of these projects the landscape of our state will not remain the same and our economic will grow”.
“We are aware that you are embarking on the construction of road from Araromi sea side to Lekki. That’s will bring massive economic development. We are also aware of the flyover in Ore. Those are star projects that can not be criticized because of the economic gains. We are aware of the passion you have for development”, Oba Adelola said.
Ajobu opined that, “We want to equally highlight your strides in education especially on the reconstruction of over 700 Public Primary Schools. These are great projects. We are aware of the textile mill in Ore, its creating jobs for our youths and the women”.
Some of the prominent sons of the community at the visit included the lawmaker-elect from Odigbo 11, Rt Hon Samuel Aderoboye, Ondo State NULGE President, Comrade Taiwo Bola and the new Ondo state Chairman of NUJ, Comrade Adetona Aderoboye.
State security architecture needs overhaul, says Akeredolu
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has said that the state security architecture was due for total overhauling in view of the emerging position of the state in investment and industrialization.
Receiving the report of the first Ondo State Security Summit held in January 2019, Governor Akeredolu assured that the report would be look-into by the State Security Council, State Executive Council and Ondo State House of Assembly to have a Security Policy Document for the state.
Arakunrin Akeredolu who acknowledged that Ondo State was relatively peaceful however said the peace being enjoyed in the state would further be improved when the Security Policy Document comes into operation.
The governor appreciated the Committee Members, the Resource Persons and the Lead Speaker at the summit, Professor Olufemi Odekunle for efforts put into the assignment.
Earlier, the Chairman of the Committee, who is also the Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Administration and Policy Planning, Mr Jones Ogunmusire had informed the governor that the summit had over five hundred participants that cut across the entire strata of the society both within and outside with fourteen Resource Persons who led robust deliberations on the summit theme and sub-themes.
The Chairman said that the report came in two volumes which included the one that distilled the various contributions from the public in form of memoranda and the second being the compilation of the presentations made by Resource Persons.
While thanking the governor for the confidence reposed in the committee, Mr Ogunmusire expressed optimism that the security architecture of the state would improve considerably in view of the integration of a Monitoring and Evaluation Mechanism to constantly measure the performance indicators of the state in terms of sustainable peace and development.
Some members of the committee present at the Report Presentation Ceremony were: the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Chief Olugbenga Ale; Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Security, Alhaji Jimoh Dojumo; Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information and Orientation, Mr Deji Akinwalere.