Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has revealed that he has awarded contract for the construction of a coastal road linking Araromi beach in the state with Ibeju Lekki in Lagos.
This is part of an ongoing infrastructural development of the coastal area of Ondo State, which include plans to build a Seaport and an industrial Free Trade Zone.
“Yesterday! Contract for Road already awarded. Feasibility study for Ondo Port and masterplan for our FTZ already done including sand filling of FTZ site in Ugbonla, ” Governor Akeredolu tweeted on Monday.
“We have always believed that developing the South is the key to transforming Ondo State. Transforming The Beach and its environs is a high priority of this administration. The Araromi to Ibeju Lekki road and Ondo Industrial City FTZ both straddle the beach front, “the governor continued.
In September 2018, Ondo State government signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with a Netherlands firm, Maritime Business Transport Business Solution Ltd, MBTS on a deep-sea port and Industrial Mega City project in the coastal area of the state.
According to a business adviser to the governor, Ayo Ipaye, the project would be all encompassing as the mega city would house the deep-sea port, the free trade zone, Industrial as well residential areas.
His words, ‘we are not just building a trade zone but a city. It will be housed on a 2500 hectares of land. It will have facilities for import, export and coaster shipments. Electricity to the city will be supplied by a 250megawatt turban. There will be free access to the state through a well developed road network and there will be access to Lagos via Lekki which will be connected directly to the zone. It will be dubbed ‘the Ondo Industrial City,” Ipaye said.
Araromi beach, which is 3 hours drive from Akure, has been described as the largest coastline in West Africa.