BY DANIEL ETEGHE
LAGOS—PRESIDENT of the Ife Development Board, IDB, Professor Muibi Opeloye, yesterday, said that the board would build a N500 million industrial park in Ile-Ife, Osun State. This is part of efforts to turn the town into an industrial hub meant to develop the state.
According to him, the project is tied to the theme of this year’s Ife Day celebration which is ‘Industrialisation For Youth Empowerment’
Prof. Opeloye stressed that the building of the industrial estate arose from the need to create employment for thousands of youths in the community.
When completed, he said the industrial park would attract a lot of investors who will create employment opportunities for the people of Ile-Ife.
He said: “Our focus of creating an industrial park is borne out of the fact that there is unemployment in the country, our youths are roaming the streets, riding Okada and this is unfortunate. What we will be doing through establishing the industrial park, is creating an enabling environment for would be investors since we have raw materials, cassava, maize, banana, palm produce, etc. Interested investors will come with processing plants, so we will not be investing directly but provide enabling environment for the investors.”
Also speaking, a member of the board and General Manager/Editor-in-Chief of Vanguard Newspapers Limited, Mr. Gbenga Adefaye said IDB was poised to help Ife indigenes, who are scattered all over the country.
According to Adefaye, the board has been able to offer scholarships to Ile-Ife indigenes, build a city hall as well as provide employment for deserving indigenes.
In his own contribution, Mr. Kola Adetunmbi, also a board member, said that the board was working in tandem with the government of the state as a link between the administration and the people.
Adetunmbi further stressed that the board’s focus is the interest of Ife people and it tells the government about the peoples’ needs towards bringing development closer to the people.