Abiodun Laments Abandoned Olokola Deep Sea Port Project By Predecessor - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Friday, November 1, 2019

Abiodun Laments Abandoned Olokola Deep Sea Port Project By Predecessor

Dapo Abiodun has expressed disappointment over the inability of the past administrations to take full advantage of the Olokola Deep Sea Port, saying it was an untapped opportunity for the State.

The multibion dollar Olokola project in Ode - Omi, Ogun Waterside Local Government Area, was conceived by the then Governor Gbenga Daniel and was projected to create over 100,000 direct and indiect jobs, raise the state's  internally Generated Revenue (IGR) and  radically transform the socioeconomic fortunes of the Gateway state when completed but the predecessor; Senator Ibikunle Amosun, shoved it aside soon after he took his Oath of office in 2011.

 However,  Abiodun while speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce at Eko Hotel and Suites, said he was perturbed by the fact that his predecessor did not deemed the port a priority, and an effective means for transporting goods.

The Governor noted that the State would be having an inland terminal - a dry port, to take  delivery of goods meant for Ogun and Oyo States respectively.

He said: "The Olokola Port was a missed opportunity. It was a project I was involved with in my personal capacity around that time, somehow, for some reasons, my predecessor didn't consider it as priority as it should be, so we lost an opportunity. Is there room for another port, for us in Ogun State? Our answer is yes.

"Now that we have the rail connection that connects Abeokuta, established between Apapa and Ibadan; this provides relief and people can take full advantage of it. The rail is practically completed."

      According to him, Ogun and its Lagos State counterpart would be have a Joint Resident Registration Scheme, to avail the two states an opportunity of having a common data base.

  Also, the Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babajide Sanwoolu disclosed that the State was currently looking at making use of the land in Ogun State, to help in its waste management programme and brings sanity in its environment. 

"On waste management, we don't have a space, we had to shut down about three waste sites and we've identified a place between Lagos West and Lagos East, which falls within Ogun State, so you need to help us out. We will ensure sanity and abide to the environmental law. We will not bring toxic or anything that will affect the neighbouring State," Samwolu said.

Earlier in his address, the Chairman, Nigeria- South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Foluso Phillips, said that the chamber would continue to promote robust relationship between Nigeria and South Africa, adding that, if a cordial relationship was not built between the two countries, the continent of Africa would be let down.

From Godwin Akomah, Southwest Bureau

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