Chairman of the Ikale Heritage Development Association, Otunba Sola Olatunji has said that his team is poised to facilitate new economic relation between Lagos, which is the largest economy in Africa and Ondo State during the second term of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu.
Olatunji, a maritime mogul told The Crest that he was absolutely elated with the presence of Governor of Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu at the Akeredolu campaign rally in Okitipupa on Monday adding that the governor’s kind words on the Ikale people has greatly motivated him and the Ikale Heritage to go the extra miles to look for economic avenues that will bring mutual benefits to the two states.
“I was sincerely overwhelmed with the kind words from Babajide Sanwo Olu about Ikale Heritage Development Association and myself as the Chairman,” Olatunji said. “He also spoke glowingly of Mrs Solape Hammond Agagu. Akeredolu could not hide his excitement as he embraced me publicly.
“ Babajide Sanwo Olu is a man of compassion. His humility is legendary. He is more interested in the welfare of the people and I can’t hide my feelings about the new alliance that is on the table between Lagos and Ondo States.
“We are working hard for Aketi to emerge as the governor of Ondo State on October 10. We are sure that the present romance between the two states will yield dividends during Akeredolu’s second term.”
According to Olatunji, Ikale Heritage will ensure that there is solid strategic alliance between the two states. If states like Kebbi and others are fashioning economic link with Lagos, then Ondo must flow with the tide, he said.
“Ikale Heritage will make the two states to realise the importance of the coastal road from Araromi Seaside to Epe in Lagos, if constructed. It will be an economic catalyst to boost the revenue of both states and enhance high productivity for the Ilaje people who are predominantly fishermen and women.
“The road will also help planned re-investment in the Okitipupa Palm Oil business and Oluwa Glass because they can easily ferry their products through the coastal road to Lagos where the market is readily available.
“Ikale Heritage Development Association was formed to fill the gap of ineffectiveness of different Associations by our people and less than two years, we have made tremendous achievements.”