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    Oyetola Inaugurates Ife Grand Resort, Industrial Park

    The Governor of Osun State, Gov Adegboyega Oyetola has commissioned a monumental Grand Resort and Industrial Park, owned by Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi.

    In his address to the gathering during the official opening of edifice in Ile-Ife, on Friday, at Resort and Industrial Park, Ajebamidele, Ile-Ife, Oyetola lauded Ooni for his exemplary passion for socioeconomic development, .

    He said that the initiative would go a long way to complement the Administration’s efforts to leverage on the comparative advantage in tourism and culture, mining and agriculture.

    According to him, the initiative is in line with the Administration’s Progressive Agenda which focused on revitalising the economy and stimulating the local socioeconomic indices for maximum growth.

    The Governor acknowledged Oba Ogunwusi, for his love, exemplary leadership quality and passion for socioeconomic development of the State in general and the ancient city of Yoruba in particular.

    Oyetola described the initiative as a round peg in a round hole, noted that the unveiling of the brand-new city of hubs, has been embedded to generate employment for the youths.

    According to him, this would further impact positively to the lives of the citizenry as well help to showcase the rich cultural heritage and value of Ile-Ife.

    The Executive Governor while commending the foremost traditional ruler for his noble vision for human capital development, particularly his inimitable passion for the youth.

    He said that the execution of the park has further justified the traditional ruler’s love for development, saying that for anyone that familiar with Kabiyesi’s trajectory and passion for youth and socioeconomic development, this indeed would not come as a surprise.

    “In 2019, he organised a Summit on Addressing Growing Youth Unemployment in Nigeria: The Significance of Made in Nigeria and Buy Nigeria, to rally Nigerians to patronise made-in-Nigeria goods.

    “Ooni Ogunwusi donated motorised Local Fumigators to States across Nigeria during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    “He also partnered with Afe Babalola on clinical research to develop drugs and vaccines to combat the Coronavirus pandemic.

    “As a Government, we are immensely proud of your achievements since your assumption of the throne of your forefathers. This sprawling edifice is another worthy feather in this regard.

    “This we are doing by leveraging, in the first instance, our comparative advantage in tourism and culture, mining and agriculture.

    “Our infrastructure development plan is also carefully targeted at ensuring that we open up the latent economic potential of our towns by ensuring that our people are supported with the requisite social amenities for a decent living.

    “Therefore, we are immensely grateful to Kabiyesi for joining forces with us to strengthen our economy.

    “I urge other royal fathers to take a cue from Kabiyesi by using their influence and instrument of office to support the development of our State.

    “Let me employ this medium to stress that initiatives such as Ooni is creating and attracting to Ile-Ife will only thrive and be sustainable in an atmosphere of peace.

    “I therefore appeal to our youths and people to continue to allow peace to reign so that they can enjoy the dividends of the enterprise,” he added.

    While appreciating, the Ooni lauded the governor for supporting private initiatives and for providing conducive atmosphere for private investments to strive.

    The Ife Grand Resort and Leisure, which is planted on over 1000 acres of land will aside from offering facilities for exquisite lodging/accommodation, harbour multiple industrial parks with pockets of industries currently producing many industrial and agricultural products as well as rendering essential services to the resort, the Ife community and Nigeria.

    Sitting comfortably within the Ife Grand Resort which is a focal attraction on Friday is the 3000 seating capacity Meeting Incentives Conference and Event(MICE) Centre branded ‘Ojaja Arena’, a complex of architectural wonder planted by Ooni Ogunwusi to add value of relevance to urban renewal in Ile – Ife.

    Ooni Ogunwusi disclosed that he deliberately brought the 3000 seating capacity event centre to make Ile-Ife the epicentre of MICE in Africa, saying that the ‘Ojaja Arena’ has been configured and positioned with all facilities to satisfy demands of Meetings, Incentives, Conference and Event adding that it would also shore up intellectual and congregational activities in Ile Ife, the ancient source of mankind.

    “We are building a brand new city driven by urban renewal initiative. The Ojaja Arena is basically not built for social activities but a centre for training and manpower development for youths in this country, considering Ile-Ife to have over 500 thousand students of about 20 tertiary institutions; Universities, Polytechnics, Colleges of Education and Schools of Nursing within 100km radius surrounding Obafemi Awolowo University built at the nucleus Centre in Ife over 60 years ago.

    “The question in my lips has been, what will these young vibrant youths will be doing after tertiary institutions, the best bet is to set up a hub that is technology friendly to boost and drive small and medium scale industries within our country Nigeria by creating a smart city for them to display whatever they can do to become employers of labour after graduation. It is a sad truth that no industries to employ them all. We can only encourage them to create industries for and by themselves because that is the reality on ground”. Ooni said.

    The natural traditional head of the House Oduduwa worldwide also revealed that “One of the industrial parks within the Ife Grand Resort Colony, the Adire hub has engaged 50 people, empowered over 150 others and started producing adire in bales which are being exported to foreign countries.

    He also disclosed that one of the agricultural parks which specializes in rearing of Ostriches has also employed another set of 40 staff who have started rearing Ostriches in an unprecedented manner with the vision to produce ostrich hides and skin in high commercial quantity for export purposes.

    The occasion was attended by traditional rulers, cultural icons, sons and daughters of Ile-Ife among others.

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