The Ondo State Governor, Mr Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Tuesday, expressed the desire of the present administration to start the construction of a sea port in the state.

Akeredolu made this known during a courtesy visit by the Consul to South Africa in Nigeria, Mr Darke Africa, which took place at the Governor’s office in Akure.

“We will have to. We are working at it because if we have the deepest portion of the ocean, then the level and traffic of cargo in West Africa should be to Ondo State.

“It’s not possible to do everything in four years, but we have to start at this port because that opens up everything. If South Africa is prepared to assist, we would be prepared to go into partnership,” he said.

The Governor further expressed the readiness of his administration to partner with South Africa in order to further develop both countries agriculturally.

He said the state had an abundance of palm oil which was available and ready to be exported to South Africa.

Earlier, Mr Darke Africa, Consul to South Africa in Nigeria, said they were here to further deepen the bilateral relations of South Africa and Nigeria since both countries came a long way historically and politically.

“We are also here to reinforce and rekindle people to people relationship between both countries because Nigeria and South Africa form the cornerstone to a better Africa.

“If we both work together, we will make our forebears very great. Today should be the beginning of a consolidated and enduring partnership whose benefits will remain a permanent monument in our relationship.

“There are many South African companies doing well here and creating jobs. They are committed and want to invest even further in many other areas, create jobs and take young people for training,” he said.

He further expressed their commitment to become partners to lubricate the relationship existing between both countries.