Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Olwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, has described as delightfully fruitful his meeting with President Muhammad Buhari in Abuja.
Speaking with Government House Reporters on arrival from Abuja at the Akure Airport, Governor Akeredolu said it was heartwarming that the President was aware of the enormous potentials in minerals , solid and natural resources that abound in Ondo State.
The governor said he used the opportunity of the meeting to make case for the establishment of a Deep Sea Port in Ondo State for the purpose of boosting the country’s economy thereby taking it away from the present monolithic dependence on earnings from crude oil sales.
“One thing that was clear, was that Mr President had a full grasp of the potentials and realities on ground in terms of what Ondo State can be to Nigeria if the potentials are harnessed. It was like preaching to someone that is already converted”, he said.
Governor Akeredolu added that in terms of exporting and developing a number of industries, like cars propelled by electricity, the state has all the potentials to make such dream a reality.
“It is clear to all of us, oil will no longer be the major foreign earner for this country in the next 10-20 years.
“We must be prepared, if we are going to export solid minerals out of the country as the President had said, then we need a Deep Sea Port, a Mining Port and I believe Ondo State is the best destination where they abound.
“I believe by the grace of God, the time has come for us to have a Deep Sea Port in Ondo State”, the Governor assured.
Worthy of note are the facts that Ondo State has the longest and deepest coastline in West Africa, subregion where various sizes of ships can berth; the second largest deposit of bitumen in the world; avalanche of gas and crude oil resources; abundant agricultural and forest resources.
And in his Independence Day Broadcast to the nation President Muhammadu Buhari acknowledged the salutary efforts of the present administration in Ondo State in the agricultural sector.