By Ruth Tene Natsa,Abuja
The Ondo state Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has called on the Federal Government to create a deep sea manning port for the export of mineral deposits in the state and the nation as a whole.
Speaking with Journalists after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa in Abuja yesterday,the Governor urged the FG to take advantage of the natural resources in Ondo state.
He said “we have a seaport that is very germane to our export activities in particular our mineral deposits which we have in large number
The Governor stressed the need to have a deep sea manning port assuring that Ondo state is well suited for it expressing the belief that it will be a lasting legacy if they are able to accomplish it in President Buhari time.
Speaking on the volume of mineral resources being exported through other ports that would warrant a deep seaport in Ondo state,he said” just look at the volume of natural resources that we are exporting through any port in Nigeria, the total volume is still not so high, the moment it gets high we will need a deep seaport where we will even have a modern ship berth.
He noted that “We do not have any where in this country today where big ship can berth, not in Lagos or Calabar, that is why we need a deep seaport where the biggest ship in the world can berth and that is Ondo state”
Meanwhile the Minister of Mines and Steel Development, Dr Kayode Fayemi said he had come to update Mr. President on Ajaokuta and the Aluminum Smelting Company in Ikot Abasi to ensure the companies are brought back to life.
“I told him about the efforts of Mr. Vice President on ensuring that we have a definitive solution to the sale of Aluminum Smelting Company in Ikot Abasi, and that we also move forward in the resolution and agreement reached on Ajaokuta Steel so that we get ready for the second concessioning.
Fayemi said” We have appointed an Adviser, we have appointed a new leadership there because the term of the last leadership has expired. Those were the things we updated Mr. President on.
The Minister further revealed that Mineral resources has contributed significantly to the GDP and revenue noting that “This year alone we have exceeded the target given to us.
“If you look at the Bureau of Statistics report you will see that the two sector that have contributed immensely to the GDP is agriculture and solid minerals”
Speaking on the deep sea port,the Minister assured the deep seaport is really not for now,it is about the future.
He said “We are emphasizing solid minerals development as a vehicle for diversification, an agenda of Mr. President. So we should look at what role that will play in the future and the entire non-oil sector.
“Now we are talking about our oil wealth going down, at the same time we are talking that other countries are talking about manufacturing cars that will not use fuel in the next two decades.
“What will these cars be using? If you look at the Tetlar vehicles out there now they are all battery powered and where will the battery power come from? It will come from lead, lithium, cobalt, these are things that we have in abundant in Nigeria”.
He stressed that though Nigeria may loss out on oil, it doesn’t mean it is a zero sum gain, we may be gaining other things which Mr. President is keen on.