Rotimi Akeredolu, governor of Ondo state, has urged investors to come down to his state, instead of concentrating their investments in “traffic-ridden and human congested” Lagos state.
Akeredolu made the plea in Akure, capital of Ondo, while welcoming the delegation of federal government industrialization and economic diversification team led by Usani Usani, minister of Niger Delta affairs.
The governor said Ondo would be ready to partner with investors in order to become the economic hub of Nigeria.
“According to the Nigeria police force and Department of State Services (DSS), Ondo state, is the 3rd most secure in the country, therefore, I want to urge investors in the country to come and explore untapped resources which are abundant here,” he said.
“We have them in their numbers here, let them come. The rain in here is not much while the harmattan is not harsh. Ondo has the second highest reserve of bitumen in the world. Ondo sustained the western region before independent and during the first republic because of the Cocoa from Ondo state.
“The federal government should also build a sea port in Ondo state. The Atlantic Ocean that passes through Ondo state is the deepest in West Africa. Also, from Araromi in Ilaje is about 45 minutes drive to Ibeju/Lekki in Lagos. So, investors should prefer Ondo state that is free without any traffic to Lagos that is over-congested and has no land?”
He added that the state is in a strategic location as it connects other states across the country for economic and business activities “because those coming from the eastern part, the north and other Niger/Delta States pass through the state while going to Lagos for business transactions”.