Contribute to state’s devt, Ondo indigenes urged
By Chris Chimezie
Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, has called on the Sons and daughters of the state resident outside to contribute their quota and join the present administration towards the development of the state.
The Governor gave the charge at the 50th birthday celebration and Book presentation/launch by Mr Abayomi Adeyeri in Akure at the weekend.
Akeredolu hinted that his administration is making frantic efforts at diversifying the state’s economy from a civil service based economy, to a private sector-driven economy.
“This we hope to achieve through massive investment in agriculture and establishment of industries through the Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements.
“There are many windows of opportunities in the land and we invite prospective investors to take advantage of the clement business environment the government has provided in the state”, he said.
Represented by his Chief of Staff, Chief Olugbenga Ale, Akeredolu maintained that the present administration had from inception, began laying foundation for the economic development of the state through massive road construction and rehabilitation of deplorable ones including those belonging to the federal government.
Apart from creating an enabling and peaceful environment under which businesses can thrive, Akeredolu noted that his administration also attracted the Air-Peace Airline which would make traveling more easier for investors to move into the state from Lagos without the stress of traveling by road.
The Governor further stated that the state government also established an Agency known as; the Ondo State Investment and Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), a-one-stop shop that provides comfort for investors, by ensuring that all issues such investor might encounter, would be solved in few days.
“We are certain, that all these measures will continue to encourage and attract more investors into the state”, he said.
Akeredolu, while congratulating Adeyeri who is an Entrepreneur, described 50th birthday as one of the most important birthdays in one’s lifetime.
“Yours is a milestone full of inspiring accomplishments. Year 50, signifies the beginning of the concluding half of one’s life and indeed, a holy day in everyone’s life.
“I know for sure, that you must have passed through some challenges which must have informed the bold decisions and steps taken by your good self as encapsulated by your book, Multiple Bold Steps.
Akeredolu further stressed that Golden Jubilee celebration represents period of sober reflection, to take stock of one’s successes and failures, and therefore, make necessary amends.
Earlier, Chairman of the event, High Chief Tunji Adeleye described the celebrant as God-fearing and a technocrat whose Book would guide our youths and potential entrepreneurs to success.
He added that the Book contains keys that would open doors to efficiency and excellence in every aspect of life, rather than waiting endlessly for help that is uncertain.
Adeleye, however, commended the celebrant who is based in Delta, for bringing the event down to his state with his business partners, which he said, would attract capable and potential investors into the state to invest in its potentials”, he said.
The Celebrant, Mr Abayomi Adeyeri, an indigene of Owo, worked in various financial institutions and voluntarily retired as Regional Head, Public Sector, South South and South East Directorate of Ecobank.
Dignitaries who graced the event were; Commissioner for Finance, Mr Wale Akinterinwa, Permanent Secretary, Ekiti State Ministry of Information, Mr Kola Ajumobi, representative of the Olowo of Owo, Oba Victor Olateru-Olagbegi, Deji of Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Ogunlade Aladelusi, Captains of Industries, government functionaries among others.