The Governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu SAN yesterday explained why it will be difficult for any administration to revive all the dead industries in the state.
Akeredolu said the only option is to establish new industries through the old ones. The APC flagbearer spoke during an interactive session with the Christians Association of Nigeria (CAN) Ondo state in preparation for the November 26 governorship election.
Fielding questions from Clerics at the session, Akeredolu assured them that he is poised to take the state to an enviable height According to him, industries that had existed in the state are not just moribound but dead.
Akeredolu said it will be impossible to wake the dead industries back to life, adding that new industries will be established from the old ones.
He said “One of the problems we have in Ondo state is that our economy activities is zero. “We have no industries, Oluwa glass is dead, there is no way we can resucitate a dead person, the only way is to give new life, we must create a new glass industry there
“We do not plan to limit ourselves to all these industries that had existed , the chinese hav money and they want to spend, they are ready to come. We will have industries in this state by the time we come in
“You must understand that the future impact of industries is huge. Ranging from tax to employment provisions, we are bringing a lot of people down to Ondo state to create industries
“Also, If individuals are ready to establish ports, why not? They won’t carry the port away, oil industries are ready to come to Ondo state and operate. “We have been talking to some of them, some have come to meet us on their own
“The important thing is that a government must be focus and be prepared to allow economy activities
“Investors will only come where they know the environment is accommodating, they will only come when they know the energy is stable”.
Akeredolu who said he is not unaware of the huge debt his government will inherit if elected, noted that he is optimistic that the economy of the country will get a boost in the first quarter of next year.
“On the issue of economy, I am not unaware of the burden of debt that we will inherit when we come into government, it is going to be heavy, I am also not unaware that it is not only in Ondo state
“I am also aware that the economy of the country is in a bad shape right now but there are measures being taken by the federal government to ease the burden on ground” he said.