Ondo 2016: Jegede unveils economic blueprint, plays down federal allocation
The Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) gubernatorial candidate in Ondo State, Mr. Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has promised to initiate economic policies that will make the state less dependent on monthly Federal allocations. He reiterated this yesterday when he met a political group, G3 in Akure, disclosing that as he wants to ensure the recently approved Ilaje Free Trade Zone is made a spring board for the economic development of the state.
Insisting that the Ilaje Free Trade Zone is a priority for him, Jegede while speaking with newsmen in Akure yesterday on his plan to improve on the state’s economy, said the potential in the Southern area which include the Olokola Free Trade Zone, Omotosho power plant, the Bitumen and the deep sea port will be utilised by his government. According to him, creating industry has been an issue that has been on for some time, adding that the problem is not in establishing industries, but in its sustenance.
He said Ondo as a civil service state, will disconnect financially from the centre, explaining that “it will take some time but it can be done.” Eyitayo noted that the economic potentials in the state were enormous, and if well utilized, would salvage the state. The leader of the group, Yemi Osupuru, who spoke for the group, declared their support for Jegede, saying they hinged their support on his integrity and competence in the public sphere.