Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Yemi Olowolabi has assured the people of Ondo State that the Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led government is committed to improving the fortune of the state through an all round economic development.
Mr. Olowolabi was speaking in Akure during an interview session in his office.
“We knew the need to tske the bull by the horns was inevitable hence the decision to be pragmatic. Our focus is on making the economic of the state buoyant, viable and sustainable by laying emphasis on our areas of strength, where we have relative advantage. We have the longest coast in Nigeria, which means nature has bestowed on us a gift of immeasurable economic advantages. All we need is to be proactive and sensible tap into the benefits derivable from this gift of nature. Its no longer a secret that Governor Akeredolu has been making efforts to get the State a deep seaport, which would help in no small way to to improve the lot of the state. Everyone knows a deep seaport will catapult the state into a beehive of economic activities.
This government is not unmindful of the bitumen deposit in the state. By the time the Federal and State governments conclude the paperwork on the exploration of this deposit, definitely, our collective fortune is bound to improve.
We are also maximising the opportunities available in the agriculture sector. With the vegetation we have across the three senatorial districts of the state, it would be a disservice to the people if we do not make use of the sector to boost our economy. To show our seriousness, trainings are being conducted for and loans given out to youths who are interested in farming
Agriculture will be used to take as many as possible youths off the unemployment market. The task is achievable.”
He assured that Governor Akeredolu intends to leave a lasting legacy.
“This government has the mission to improve the people, the infrastructure and strengthen the system. Years after leaving office, a good leader should be remembered for the tranformation he brought into governance. This is in form of the economic well-being he was able to bring about in office.
The Commissioner said the situation they met on ground was discouraging, adding that they are ready to weather the storm.
“The economic situation of the state is not the best due to our reliance on stipend we collect from federation account. That notwithstanding, we however, remain determined to move the state forward in spite of the challenges. People in government need to make use of the power they have to change the fortune of the people. We believe we can do it.”