By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”GOVERNOR Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State yesterday inaugurated the N5billion Ore Sunshine Mega City Plaza project to be situated on 153 hectares of land on the Ore-Sagamu expressway under a private-public sector joint partnership with the state.
Dr Mimiko said the project would have a 1,000 capacity trailer park, 200 shops, 200 warehouses, grain silos, 2,000 residential units of various types, auto garages/workshops, motels, hotels, an independent power plant and places of worship among others.
This was coming as the state government equally empowered over 5,000 market women across the 18 local government areas of the state with N100million micro credit loan.
The Ore Sunshine City is in line with the policy thrust of the Mimiko administration, a part of a holistic intervention to turn Ondo State into centre of economic activities in Nigeria and the West Africa Sub region.
Speaking at the ceremony, Dr Mimiko expressed the readiness of his administration to industrialize the state and also create mega cities.
According to him, the conceptualization of the project emanated from a deep reflection and analysis of the traffic bottlenecks being experiencedÂ in Ore.
The government, according to him, had therefore decided to turn the challenges to opportunities by resolving to build an effective and functional mega travel plaza with several facilities like parking lots, shopping malls, hospitals, five star hotel, warehouses, police station, banks, prayer grounds among others.
â€œWith the strategic location of this project along Ore-Sagamu expressway on an expanse of 153 hectare and the quality of services to be provided, we are creating a world class industrial and commercial complex of unbeatable standard in the country.
â€œWe are leveraging on the geography of Ore , which is in the middle of the east and the west and we expect that the first phase of this project will be completed in 15 monthsâ€.
The governor explained that the project would be funded through the public-private partnership initiative since the development of the state could not be achieved with government as the sole player.
Dr Mimiko said the state had considered many interests and opted for a private estate developer to drive the vision of the sunshine city project, while government had provided the land that was suitably located within an existing trade area.
He added that the project was one of the star projects embarked upon by his administration to commemorate its first year in office, adding that the Ore Mega Travel Plaza would provide services to the entire Nigerian nation.
According to him, the project will boost economic growth and development in the town which served as a melting point for all ethnic groups in the country.
Dr Mimiko said the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, was partnering with the state government to execute its gas production project while deep sea ports would be created to enhance economic development of the state.
â€œThe basic idea behind the project is to stimulate the economy of the state and provide employment opportunities for our teeming youths in Ondp State.â€
The Commissioner for Physical Planning and Urban Development, Mr. Kunle Ashaolu, said the state government was committed to uplift the living standard of the people of the state.
According to him, upon completion, the project would assist in transforming Ore , which is the commercial nerve centre of the state into a modern emporium.