The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on Wednesday, assured of enabling environment for investors to thrive and function optimally in Ondo State.

Akeredolu gave the assurance during a courtesy visit by Rubber Estate Nigeria Limited to the Governors office in Akure.

He said it was a challenge to create an enabling environment, and assured that factories would be accommodated in the state.

“When factories left in Nigeria, we felt bad but we can’t blame them because they didn’t have enabling and accommodating economic atmosphere.”

“I can assure you it will be a thing of the past in Ondo State if not Nigeria, for factories to leave due to the environment,” he said.

He further explained that agriculture was very important to Ondo State, hence the need to shift focus back to agriculture.

“We must go back to land and agriculture is our focus. It was our first cardinal program during our campaign, we must return to it,” he said.

Earlier, Mr Ayo Olagundoye, Chairman, Rubber Estate Nigeria Limited, (REN), said the factory was a good corporate citizen contributing to the development of Ondo State.

“Our growth contributes to commerce and the states Internally Generated Revenue, and investment income.

“Our approach to corporate social responsibility is progressive and has ensured peace in the relationships with our host communities.

“There will be great mutual benefit in a partnership arrangement and a lot to gain, we have to work together to get the benefits,” he said.

The chairman further advised the state government to go back to agriculture, which it has always thrived and done well in.

“REN is a partner of the Ondo State government ready to contribute to taking this state back to its proud roots in agriculture,” he said.