We will connect Ondo to global economy – Akeredolu


By Chijioke Okoronkwo

Abuja, Oct.13, 2020 Gov. Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State says one of his administration’s targets in the next four years is to connect the state to the global economy.

The governor fielded questions from State House correspondents after meeting with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo on Tuesday at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Akeredolu was re-elected for a second term in the Ondo State Governorship Election held on Oct. 10 under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He was accompanied by the Deputy Governor-elect, Mr Lucky Ayedatiwa, Mai Mala Buni, APC Caretaker Chairman and Governor of Yobe State, Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State, Gov. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, among others.

Akeredolu had earlier presented his Certificate of Return to President Muhammadu Buhari and thanked him for his support.

According to the governor, his victory is principally because of God and the unity in APC at the national and levels.

“Our people were so united and it is amazing that when we are all united, we achieve a lot and that is what this election has proven; that in unity, we stand together and we achieve a lot.

“So, it is because of these; having all the governors come together to support a particular cause in one state; it was overwhelming and I think we owe the victory to that.

“My targets are clear; I have a few outstanding works that we are yet to complete and that is one of the reasons people voted for us; they wanted continuity; so that we can complete those work; we have our teaching hospital.

“We have a lot of road projects that are ongoing; so, principally, we are concerned about connecting Ondo State to global economy; so we are determined to ensure that we have port declaration; so, that Port Ondo will be the icing of whatever effort we have made in Ondo State.’’

He said that aside the industrialisation going on in the state, his administration was targeting establishing Port Ondo.

Akeredolu said that he would work towards making the Akure Airport an International Cargo Airport with the support of the Federal Government.

“So, when we have those two, then, we are connected to global economy, Ondo State has no business with poverty.

“We have mineral resources and we are determined also to ensure that our bitumen come on board so that Nigeria will be at peace.

“We don’t have to go and be importing bitumen again; these are our goals,’’ he said.

On his part, Sanwo-Olu, who was the chairman of the APC National Campaign Council for the Ondo Governorship Election, said that Akeredolu was a good product as his achievements made his reelection easy.

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