The Peoples Democratic Party’s
gubernatorial candidate in Ondo State, Mr Eyitayo Jegede (SAN) has promised to
initiate economic policies that will make the state less dependent on Federal
allocation even as he wants to ensure the recently approved Ilaje Free Trade
Zone is made a spring board for the economic development of the state.
Insisting that the Ilaje Free Trade
Zone is a priority for him, Jegede while speaking with newsmen in Akure on
Friday on his plan to improve on
the state’s economy said
the potential in the Southern area which include the Olokonla Free Trade
Zone, Omotosho power plant, the Bitumen and the deep sea port will be utilized
by his government.
According to him, creating industry
has been an issue that has been on for some time, adding that the problem is
not in establishing industries, but in its sustenance.
“The big issue is in sustaining
them and making them run. To build an industry is a very simple thing; it is
easier than to build a school. Just build a warehouse, import machines, and
then get people who are technical to start operating it but you need power, you
need the raw materials, you need to sell at a competitive price before you can
sustain the industry” he explained.