By Segun Ajiboye
Aristotle as soon as stated: “Excellence isn’t an accident. It’s at all times the results of excessive intention, honest effort, and clever execution; it represents the clever alternative of many options – alternative, not likelihood, determines future”.
This quote aptly suits the personae of the Ondo State Governor; Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN; who has immensely introduced excellence to governance together with his Midas contact which encapsulates a excessive intention to serve, spiced with inputs of honest efforts and the shows of sensible executions of novel concepts in each facet of the administration of the Sunshine State.
For the memorable journey which began in 2017, the Akeredolu administration has demonstrated how dedication, dedication, conscience and focus can change the fortunes of governance.
Since his inauguration as Governor, his 5 Cardinal Programmes for the state that are: Job creation by way of agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation, large infrastructural growth and upkeep, promotion of practical training and technological progress, provision of assessable and qualitative healthcare and social service supply, and rural growth and neighborhood extension companies (JMPPR) has been the platform of change which he has frequently used to vary the lives of the individuals of the State for the higher.
Inside three and half years on the saddle, Akeredolu’s good works have spoken volumes; as his catalogue of achievements is inexhaustible as all of the sectors below him have all blossomed inside these three years!
Maybe, the catchment power of Governor Akeredolu is within the space of infrastructural growth. From ultramodern buildings, bridges and a whole lot of networks of assorted newly-constructed roads, which dot the panorama of Ondo State from the city to the agricultural areas, Akeredolu’s nice infrastructural strides have; certainly; develop into a pacesetting one within the nation.
Maybe what distinguishes Akeredolu from different governors in Nigeria is the unrivaled industrialisation drive of his authorities.
As a development-focused particular person, Akeredolu has spiritedly introduced Ondo State to the trail of boisterous financial prosperity with monumental industrialisation tasks; just like the Ondo Deep Sea Port.
The landmark enterprise nevertheless is the Ondo/Linyi Industrial Hub. A most celebrated challenge which was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on February 25, 2020 throughout the third anniversary of the governor; the Ondo Linyl Industrial Hub has; as its parts; the Line of Manufacturing of Excessive Density Fibreboard, the Cassava to Ethanol Plant which may course of about 300 metric tonnes of cassava per day, and the Win-Win Textile Manufacturing facility, all situated throughout the Ore Industrial Park.
This Industrial Park is the results of the mustard seed that was planted when; in 2017; Ondo State signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Linyi Municipal Authorities of Shendong Province within the Individuals’s Republic of China.
As we speak, the Industrial Park is effervescent with life as hundreds of youths are gainfully employed there. The thrilling factor nevertheless is the most recent addition to the Park – the truck meeting plant.
This truck meeting plant is the primary truck assemblage plant within the nation. That is clearly in achievement of Akeredolu’s dedication to make Ondo State an industrial hub of the nation.
The truck meeting plant operated by considered one of China’s main truck manufacturers; Dongfeng Business Car Firm Restricted; has its merchandise vary masking heavy and medium-duty vehicles.
Following the approval for the grant of license for the car meeting plant in November 2019, Dongfeng Car Firm which was established in 1969, started operations of assemblage of the truck elements in Ondo State on March 1, 2020, when the primary consignment arrived in Lagos port.
As we speak, over seventy vehicles have been assembled and the numbers are nonetheless counting, particularly with the assemblage of two vehicles per day.
In response to the Director of the Ondo Linyi Industrial Hub; Kelvin Zhu, Governor Akeredolu have given them the boldness to function in a conducive ambiance.
Noting that Dungfeng Vehicles is a well-liked alternative in China due to its good high quality and pleasant costs, Zhu expressed optimism at having an enormous customer-base when the vehicles are lastly rolled out for gross sales.
He additionally harassed the employment advantages that Nigerians take pleasure in; as most of their workforce comprised of indigenous staffs which had been sourced from indigenes of the neighborhood specifically and Ondo State normally.
“The Dongfeng is a brand new enterprise right here. We discovered that there are many alternatives right here. That is simply the primary part. We carry the elements from China, and we assemble it right here.
We recruit native Nigerian engineers who we practice to get the brand new applied sciences right here. There are about 20 engineers right here now; however sooner or later, we intention to make use of near 200 engineers as a result of that is simply the primary part which is assembling. We hope to transcend this primary stage to manufacturing.
“Governor Akeredolu may be very open-minded. He’s out to advertise the financial system of Ondo State.
As traders from China, we will profit loads, and the individuals of Ondo State can also profit by gaining employment. The governor has given us the boldness to do enterprise right here”.
The Chinese language nationwide was not alone in showering encomiums on the governor; some Nigerian employees on the firm additionally did similar.
Abah Peter; an engineer from Benue State, and Haruna Adamu; a technician from Kogi State, in separate interviews, thanked Governor Akeredolu for developing with the initiative of the truck assembling plant because it had offered gainful employments for the youths. It has additionally enabled them to study new expertise; and in flip, bettering their lot.
With out mincing phrases, facilitating the truck assembling plant, is Akeredolu’s mannequin for the industrialization drive of Ondo State, and this have redefined what purposeful governance needs to be about; particularly in a clime like ours.
With this big modern stride, second-to-none within the nation; it solely maybe confirms Ralph Waldo Emerson’s aphorism: “Don’t observe the place the trail could lead.
Go as a substitute the place there isn’t a path and depart a path”. Akeredolu is certainly, a trailblazer having threaded an modern path to the industrialization of the Sunshine State with the vehicles meeting plant.