By Shola Akingboye, 18 November 2022
To boost the Nigerian economy and complement the over-congestion of Lagos ports, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has thrown his weight behind the initiative to build a seaport in Ilaje, Ondo State, saying the project is a done deal.
In a statement made available to RegentAfrica Times by Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of thee Vice President, Laolu Akande, the VP stated that he was all for it, and I believe it is something “we ought to get done.”
The declaration was made when he received the entire Ondo delegation led by the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Mr Lucky Orimisan Ayedatiwa, with hosts of commissioners from the state at the Presidential Villa.
The visit to the VP was at the instance of the just concluded 5th Nigerian Diaspora Investment Summit held at the Presidential Villa banquet between 15th and 17th November 2022.
It would be recalled that Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has been championing the use of public-private partnerships to realize the state government’s ambition for the creation of a deep seaport in the Ondo area of Ilaje, soliciting the help of the federal government.
However, Prof Yemi Osinbajo assured Ondo State of the willingness of the Buhari Administration regarding the project, and he added the need for “follow up, says there are quite a few regulatory authorities involved.
“There’s a need to make sure you can get through the things needed.”
” I am sure it is an initiative that will receive the full support of the Federal Executive Council. We all look forward to the seaport.” the VP stated.
Responding, the Deputy Governor, who represented Governor Akeredolu had sought the support of Osinbajo in securing the approval of the Federal Executive Council regarding the Ondo Deep Seaport Project.
“We are seeking your support for the Ondo State Deep Seaport, we are at the stage where the final paper will be put together as a memo for the Federal Executive Council’s approval. The business case has been made and the Nigeria Ports Authority has given its recommendation,” Ayedatiwa stressed.
Ayedatiwa said Ondo was being showcased at the Nigeria Diaspora Investment Summit, as an investment hub as he calls on foreign investors, particularly Nigerians in the diaspora to come to Ondo State and tap into the abundant investment opportunity in the state.
While expressi his appreciation to the VP, the Deputy Governor acknowledged the VP’s efforts and supervisory roles in governance as Vice President, particularly for all the MDAs under his direct supervision.
The 2022 NDIS edition, the 5th of its kind thrilled participants with a fanfare gala and awards presentation night at the presidential villa on Thursday.