Akeredolu signs MoU with UAE firm on Sea Port, infrastructure
By Adekola Afolabi
Steps by Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu towards widening the investment horizon in the state has received a major boost as the governor has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the private office of a member of the Dubai’s ruling family, His Highness Sheikh Dalmook Al Maktoum, in the area of sea ports and infrastructural development in the state.
Akeredolu who signed the MoU on behalf of the state government was seeking the collaboration of the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai in developing Ondo State and widening its investment horizon.
The governor had been invited to meet the Under Secretary for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy UAE, Hon Abdullahi Ahmed Al Saleh, to discuss opportunities in his state, according to a statement from the Governor’s Office.
Akeredolu and his team were also invited to meet with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Dubai Port Authority team on the Portondo and the bigger economy of the state.
Consequent upon the successful meetings, Akeredolu sealed a deal for the development of the proposed Deep Sea Port in the state and other infrastructural projects development.
The Akeredolu’s administration has already completed a feasibility study on the proposed Deep Sea Port in Ilaje local government area of the state.
The feasibility study prepared by the MTBS led by its Managing Director, Netherlands, Mr. Chime Asonye, accompanied by the firm’s project leader, Mr. Willem Slenderbroek, has been forwarded to the Nigeria Ports Authority (NPA).
The Governor had mentioned during a courtesy visit of the Araromi Obu – in Council that the NPA team will soon be in the state for assessment after which the port declaration will be done. He promised that his administration will continue to engage potential investors.
In accordance with the terms of this MoU, the parties have expressed their intention to collaborate and work together on other business opportunities including: Setting up new conventional, renewable and hybrid power projects and the potential to re-power existing power plants.
Other objectives of the MoU include exploring the potential to develop Oil Blocks and Strategic Storage Terminals, developing cashless solutions for internally generated revenues (IGR) on direct assessment: and any other projects of mutual interest.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum, member of the ruling family of Dubai UAE and founder of the diversified conglomerate, Africa Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI Group), has emerged as a strong force on the global front as his rise as an influential figure stems from his decisive leadership in expanding UAE’s energy and power-network across continents and his inspirational work on the humanitarian front.