Group urges resuscitation of Olokola deep sea, agro-cargo airport in Ogun
A group, “Ijebu Congress”, has appealed to the in-coming administration of Ogun State governor-elect, Dapo Abiodun, to, as a matter of urgency, revisit the abandoned multi-billion naira Olokola Free Trade Zone and the state Agro Cargo Airport, which have the potential of turning the economic fortunes of the state around.
The two landmark projects were embarked upon by the immediate past Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s administration after sinking billions of naira into them but the present administration led by Senator Ibikunle Amosun abandoned them.
The Ijebu Congress, in an interactive session with journalists in Ijebu-Ode yesterday, said that the loss to the state for abandoning the two projects was monumental, insisting that considering the benefits that the projects would accrue to the state, everything must be done to revive them.
The Chairman of the group, an association of eminent Ijebu sons and daughters with a collective vision to assist in transforming the state economically. Bunmi Mebude, said: “We are genuinely concerned about the decay in infrastructure in Ijebuland and we are therefore urgently calling the attention of the authorities to the decay going on in Ijebuland.”
“It is very regrettable that we have not been able to build any agricultural farm settlement after the ones built by Chief Obafemi Awolowo in the Action Group (AG) days.
“We want to humbly suggest that the state government must, without much delay, resuscitate Apoje Farms and also establish at least one farm settlement in each local council of the state.”
This, he said, would reduce youth unemployment as well as food scarcity.