In its resolve to provide employment for the youths in the state, the Ondo State Government has revamped two of its moribund industries. They are Ifon Ceramic Industry now Golden Ceramic of Ifon and Araromi Ayesan Oil Palm.
The state Commissioner for Information, Mr. Kayode Akinmade made the announcement to newsmen yesterday, after an assessment visit to the Sunshine Cassava Food Processing Factory, Ikoya in Okitipupa Local Government Area of the State with his counterpart for Commerce and Industry,Chief Ayo Abiola.
The Information Commissioner said the Araromi Aiyesan Oil Palm is now operational while the Ifon Ceramic is also ready to take off, adding that government will continue to strive to ensure that viable industries are put up in the state for the benefit of all, even as he hinted that work is almost completed on the Omotosho Power Plant intended to solve the industrial power problem in the state.
According to him, the Sunshine Cassava Food Processing Factory is an off-taken factory for all Cassava growing farmers in the area, stressing that the turnaround work being carried out on the project is at ninety per cent completion stage.Also speaking on the development, his Commerce and Industry counterpart, Chief Ayo Abiola said government is determined to bring life back to all the ailing industries in the state, in order to provide job opportunities for the people with a view to improving their living standard.
He posited that the government is interested in sharing ownership right of the place with interested investors who would take over the management of the place to achieve the desired results.
Chief Abiola affirmed that government is no longer interested in controlling majority share in any of its establishments, but wants investors that would have controlling shares so that no effort of government would kill any industry that the administration revamped, even after the incumbent’s tenure.
The Commissioner, who described the state as emerging market for industrialisation in Nigeria said the administration is putting up structures that would sustain industrialisation in the state.
The factory on completion would enhance the productivity of the people living in the five local government areas such as Okitipupa, Irele, Ilaje, Ese-Odo and Odigbo.
The team also visited Okitipupa Oil Palm Limited. where the Commerce and Industry Commissioner assured that government would not leave any stone unturned in bringing back the lost glory of the company, noting that all hands are on deck to revive the company.