By Adekola Afolabi
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State said the initiatives and strategies launched by his administration through the State Development and Investment Promotion Agency (ONDIPA), have turned the state to investors’ haven.
The governor further added that more industries and investments were springing up in the state as a result of the enabling environment and necessary infrastructural development provided by his administration.
Akeredolu who explained that the development has lifted hundreds of youths out of joblessness, also disclosed that his government would continue to attract genuine investments into the state.
He revealed that his administration has put together an economic development master plan that would continue to make the state the preferred destination for both local and foreign investors, even as he added that his government has identified tourism as one of the areas where the state has huge potential.
The governor who spoke at the opening of a private investment, in Akure, also explained that serious investors were working with his government to take advantage of the hospitality industry in the State.
Akeredolu equally stated that one important step his administration has taken to encourage potential investors in the State were the boost brought to air travel by securing daily flights to Akure from Abuja and Lagos, and by bringing to the State two additional airlines to existing one, adding that the development has greatly reduced the security challenges investors have to face plying the roads.
He further emphasised that infrastructural development, establishment of sustainable industries and entrepreneurship were part of the major policy thrusts in line with the Second Term REDEEMED programme of his administration.
“Adequate infrastructural development is sine-qua-non to the establishment of sustainable industries and entrepreneurship development in any society. This informed our decision to embark on massive infrastructural development across the three senatorial districts of the State.
“Under our watch, Ondo State has literally become a great construction site, I want to assure you all that we will not depart from this path of progress and development.
“Let me, once more, reiterate our government’s zero tolerance for insecurity and criminality. It is for this reason that we have continue to give necessary support to the Amotekun Corps to enable them remain on top of their game in Ondo State.
“We can say with all confidence that through the collaborative effort of Amotekun with our regular security agencies, incidence of criminality has been reduced considerably in our State. We shall continue to work in synergy with all our security agencies to ensure that the security architecture remains strong and continues to secure the frontiers of Ondo State.
“Let me also call on the private sector to join the government in funding our security agencies operating in our State”, the Governor added.
The Executive Chairman of the hospitality business, Olatunji Jubreel appreciated Governor Akeredolu for giving priority to security of lives and properties in the state, which he said, has encouraged investors from within and outside the country to invest in the state.