The Ogun State Governor, Prince 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.
Governor Abiodun while speaking at a breakfast meeting of the Nigeria-South Africa Chamber of Commerce, held at Eko Hotel and Suites, said he was perturbed by the fact that his predecessor did not consider the port a priority, and an effective means for transporting goods.
“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”, he said.
He noted that the State would be having an inland terminal, a dry port which would be taking delivery of goods meant for Ogun and Oyo, adding that, ‘’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”.
The helmsman also said that the State and its Lagos State counterpart would be having a Joint Resident Registration Scheme, to avail the two states, an opportunity of having a common data base.
Also speaking at the event, 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, noting that Lagos was poised to ensuring 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”, he stated.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman, Nigeria- South Africa Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Foluso Phillips, disclosed 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.
Press Officer, Office of the Governor