Tourism activities in Ondo State might be on the rise soon as the Governor, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu has revealed that he has awarded a contract for the construction of a coastal road linking Araromi beach in the state with Ibeju Lekki in Lagos.
According to a facebook post by managing director of Special Tours & Travel, Erelu Funmi Rotiba, this is part of an ongoing infrastructural development of the coastal area of Ondo State, which includes plans to build a Seaport and an industrial Free Trade Zone.
Contract for the road has already been awarded. Feasibility study for Ondo Port and masterplan for our FTZ already done including sand filling of FTZ site in Ugbonla,” Governor Akeredolu tweeted.
“We have always believed that developing the South is the key to transforming Ondo State. Transforming The Beach and its environs is a high priority of this administration. The Araromi to Ibeju Lekki road and Ondo Industrial City FTZ both straddle the beach front, “the governor continued.
In September 2018, Ondo State government signed a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU with a Netherlands firm, Maritime Business Transport Business Solution Ltd, MBTS on a deep-sea port and Industrial Mega City project in the coastal area of the state.
Ayo Ipaye, the project would be all encompassing as the mega city would house the deep-sea port, the free trade zone, Industrial as well residential areas.
His words, ‘we are not just building a trade zone but a city. It will be housed on a 2500 hectares of land. It will have facilities for import, export and coaster shipments. Electricity to the city will be supplied by a 250megawatt turban. There will be free access to the state through a well-developed road network and there will be access to Lagos via Lekki which will be connected directly to the zone. It will be dubbed ‘the Ondo Industrial City,” Ipaye said.
Araromi beach, which is 3 hours’ drive from Akure, has been described as the largest coastline in West Africa. It’s swampy terrain of the Atlantic Ocean coast.
Ilaje is a Local Government Area in Ondo State, Nigeria. Its headquarters are in the town of Igbokoda. The Ilajes are a distinct migratory coastal linguistic group of Yoruba peoples spread along the coastal belts of Ondo, Ogun, Lagos and Delta states, and originally made up of four geo-political entities namely: Ode Ugbo, Ode Mahin, Ode Etikan and Aheri. While most towns and villages in the Mahin kingdom (Ode Mahin) are distributed on arable lands, the towns and villages in the other three geo-polities of Ugbo, Aheri and Etikan kingdoms are spread out along the beaches and swampy terrains of the Atlantic Ocean coast.