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Ondo Election: Industrialists urge Mimiko to woo investors

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Some industrialists on Sunday advised the re-elected governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, to take urgent steps to woo investors to exploit the potentials of the state in full.

They gave the advice in separate interviews with the NAN in Lagos after INEC announced Mimiko as the winner of the gubernatorial election in the state, held on Saturday.

The industrialists said that the State Government should attract investment to the abundant but yet-to-be tapped opportunities in the state’s oil and gas, agro-allied and maritime sectors.

An economic analyst, Mr Muda Yusuf, said that the government should provide institutions that would support business and access to land to encourage investment.

He added that the government should also rehabilitate moribund industries to generate more employment opportunities.

On the election, Yusuf expressed delight that Nigeria had begun to experience free and fair elections, describing the development as a sign of democratic advancement.

He expressed satisfaction with the manner the Federal Government deployed security operatives to Ondo State, noting that this should be replicated in other elections.

Muda urged the governor to rededicate himself to quality service delivery.

Mr Bill Harry, a past President of the Port Harcourt Chamber of Commerce and Industry, urged the Ondo State Government to invest more in infrastructure.

“ The governor should deliver on his mandate, construct road networks and improve the distribution of farm inputs and seedlings. The governor should commence quality schemes that will encourage youths to farm,’’ he urged.

Harry said that the government should be more committed to improving the state’s economy to enable it rank among the best in Nigeria.

He said that Nigeria’s transformation agenda, designed to create jobs and lay a solid foundation for economic growth, could only be achieved when states actively keyed into it. (NAN)

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