By Aderemi Bamgbose
A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ondo State, Mr Bamidele Akingboye, says the state can become a reference point in terms development, given the right leadership.
Akingboye told journalists on Monday in Okitipupa, Ondo State, that the state had potentials in agriculture, tourism, trade, commerce, labour and others yet untapped.
He said that the state was known to be a civil service state because past governments failed to invest in areas that could make it a commercial hub.
Akingboye emphasised the need to transform the state to an industrial haven which all other states, including Lagos, would copy.
He said that the state had the longest coastal lines for harvest of fish, tourism, commerce and transportation system, with vast agricultural land which indigenes and visitors could benefit from immensely.
Akingboye, also an entrepreneur, said that the state only depended on oil and monthly allocation from Abuja due to lack of proper focus by the previous administrations in the state.
“Ondo State has all the agricultural, commerce, tourist attraction, trade and manpower potentials yet untapped to surpass Lagos State in few years.
“It is high time we changed the narrative about our state being a civil service state.
“Governance is a serious business and we need a businessman to handle its affairs,” he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Akingboye was a Senatorial aspirant for Ondo South in the 2015 general elections.
He also has his eyes on the governorship in the 2020 election.