The President, Major General Mohammadu Buhari (retd.), on Tuesday promised to create a more enabling environment for investors in Ondo State and the country at large to boost employment opportunities.
He stated this during his visit to Ondo State, where he inaugurated the Ore Flyover Interchange and Ondo-Linyl Industrial Hub in the Odigbo and Okitipupa local government areas of the state, respectively.
He was received by the governors of Ondo, Ekiti Ogun and Edo states, Rotimi Akeredolu, Kayode Fayemi, Dapo Abiodun and Godwin Obaseki, respectively.
The President expressed delight over the infrastructural projects being carried out in the state, calling on more investors to come to the state.
He said, “I want to assure you (investors) of our continued support, both at federal and state levels, as we move forward to the next phase of this project’s life cycle. May I also thank our traditional rulers and host communities for their tolerance, understanding and support.
“I ask you all to sustain this collaboration and collaborative effort to ensure that this investment expands and succeeds.”
Commending the state government on the completion of the flyover interchange, Buhari said it would boost economic activities, ease traffic congestion, as well as reduce accidents often experienced on the expressway.
He said, ‘’During the civil war and during my campaigns since 2002, I have become familiar with the terrain of Ore, which is a connecting city between the South-West and the eastern parts of our country.
“As a result of this, the city has a cosmopolitan population that is in the neighbourhood of 300,000. This is a city that can be described as a mini Nigeria as almost all ethnic groups of our country are happily represented here.
“Let me commend Governor Akeredolu and his team for their great efforts and professionalism in putting this project in place. This project is executed in line with the spirit and drive of the Federal Government which puts great emphasis on infrastructural development across our country, especially in the area of transport.”
Earlier, Akeredolu said the Ondo-Linyl Industrial Hub was part of the vision of his administration to create jobs and improve the fortune of the state economically.
The governor said, “Our vision was to create the first ever bi-city arrangement in Ondo State, where a hub of investors from the Linyl Province of the People’s Republic of China will be incentivised to replicate the high-level industrialisation which we witnessed in Linyl during our investment visit.”