Ondo state governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has reiterated the commitment of the present administration to the actualization of the deep seaport project in Ilajeland.
Akeredolu stated this at the Ilaje Development Summit, themed “Driving Sustainable Development through Participatory Partnership”, held at the Dome International Event Centre, Akure .
The Governor, who was represented by his Special Adviser on Investment and Economic Development, Mr Boye Oyewumi, disclosed that the administration was making concerted efforts to ensure that the seaport becomes a reality.
Akeredolu also disclosed other developmental projects that would be completed in Ilaje land. He disclosed that a Memorandum of Understanding had been signed on the construction of Araromi to Akure road, which will ensure that the journey from Akure to Lagos state would be less than two hours.
He noted that Ilaje could become the new Victoria Island or Lekki with a road of just 30 minutes between Ilaje and Lekki in Lagos state, stating that “under the current administration, the dream will become a reality”.
Other projects mentioned were refineries, the free trade zone, Gas at Ore and electricity, among others. He charged the leaders of Ilajeland to ensure that their youths are trained and skilled for the opportunities that are coming.
He however decried the high rate of insecurity in Ilajeland, saying that it is a huge and major impediment to the development of the area.
He called on the leaders of Ilajeland to find solution to it in order to reap the benefits that were coming to the area.
He commended the people of Ilaje for their collaborative efforts to develop the land.
The Senior Special Adviser to the the Governor on Energy and Mineral Resources, who also doubles as the Director of Business Development and Investment Management at the state and Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), Mr Femi Akarakiri also presented the developmental projects of the state government that were focused on the southern part of the state, especially Ilaje area.
Akarakiri disclosed that about 65% of projects in ONDIPA were located in the Southern part of the state, where he described as the economic base of the state due to its natural and human endowments.
Some of the projects he highlighted were the construction of 37km Araromi – Lekki road and 157km Araromi-Akure road, River Alape port, Gas hub at Ore, Niger Delta power holding, Ororo oil field, industrial parks and the Sunshine City.
He also mentioned that Oluwa Glass would be revived, Okitipupa oil palm mill was being resuscitated, Araromi rubber plantation was growing and the bitumen yolk of none production would be broken.
He reiterated that the state government was committed to bringing economic prosperity to Ilaje as well as the rest of the state.
Speaking on behalf of the royal fathers of Ilajeland, the Amapetu of Mahin Kingdom, Oba Williams Oluwasegun Akinyomi advised all the people of Ilajeland to be united.
The summit was graced by royal fathers across Ilajeland; the Chairman, Ilaje Local Government Area, Mr. Otito Atikase; an erudite scholar of international repute, Professor Ade Olomola; former Commissioner for Environment, Mr Sola Ebiseni; former and present political office holders from Ilajeland among others