Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu Aketi, has sought the support of the Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) on the establishment of a seaport in the state.
Akeredolu spoke in his office on Tuesday while playing host to the delegation of NIMASA led by the Director-General, Dr. Bashir Jamoh.
The Governor said the state has what it takes to have a deep sea port, adding that the sunshine state’s position is blessed with the longest coastline in the country.
This Governor expressed the readiness of the state to key into the Blue Economy initiative of the NIMASA, while he urged the agency to help resuscitate Aiyetoro Technical School where, according to him, many maritime experts were trained years ago.
The Governor said the state has what it takes to have a deep sea port, adding that the sunshine state’s position is peculiar with the longest coastline in the country.
He said:: “We are ready to be part of the blue economy. We can work together. You mentioned waste management, ferrying, fishery, ship building, ship repair and other areas.
“Aiyetoro technical school was the first in west Africa to address these issues. It trained and produced so many maritime experts. It is comatose now. The town is almost washed away. Serious degradation! We will not mind if NIMASA can be part of the resuscitation.”
The Governor also decried the politicisation of the development of the waterways, particularly the extension of dockyard to the state.
According to the Governor, both China Harbor and Dubai Harbor have shown interest in the development of a deep sea port in the state, adding that they are only waiting for the port declaration.
“I am not particular about Ondo. We are particular about a port for the west Africa. Here, we have the deepest draught. Over 60 meters. We do not need to dredge to build port. Naturally a port can be here. We have done the OBC. If what we are seeing in Lagos is not enough, where else can we do it if not Ondo State,” Governor Akeredolu said.
Ealier, the Director-General of NIMASA; Dr. Bashir Jamoh, commended Governor Akeredolu’s successes in the first tenure, noting that he has recorded giant strides in terms of road infrastructure of all the Governors in Ondo State.
“I congratulate you on your second term in office. We are very much aware of the success you recorded in your first tenure in office. It includes the infrastructure development in Ondo state, particularly in terms of education, healthcare as well as road infrastructure. You are the number one record holder in terms of road infrastructure of all the Governors in Ondo State,” he said.
The NIMASA boss stressed that the agency is ready to liaise with Ondo State to develop Blue Economy in the state and take advantage of the state in term of tourism.