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ODSG Task Host Communities On Need For Maximum Support For Bitumen Exploitation

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The Ondo State Government through the Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties today engaged stakeholders across different communities in Odigbo local government area in order to ensure that bitumen exploitation in the state is carried out in the most congenial atmosphere.
Addressing the participants drawn from Agbabu, Mile 2, Ilubinrin, Ijaw, Araromi Obu among others, the Hon. Commissioner, Ministry of Regional Integration and Special Duties, Prof. Bayonile Ademodi said the administration of Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu is committed to the development of bitumen in a way devoid of crises.
Hon. Ademodi while restating that the cooperation of host communities is of top priority said his ministry fashioned out stratagem of interactive sessions in order to factor their views into the proposed Bitumen Development Policy of the state which will help government have a working template on bitumen development.
On the benefits to expect, Prof. Ademodi said there would be mass employment and opportunities for the people as well as infrastructural development saying the people should know for sure that money will not be shared.
The Chairman, Odigbo Local Government, Mrs. Margaret Akinsuroju while thanking Governor Akeredolu for constructing the overhead bridge at Ore said commercial activities have picked up as a result of that gesture.
While assuring the people of her resolve to bring about sustainable development, Mrs. Akinsuroju charged host communities to support and cooperate with the government and the investors for speedy execution.
In their goodwill messages, the Orunja of Odigbo Kingdom, Oba Rufus Akinrinmade, the Olorofun of Lapahun ,Oba Solomon Adejayan and other monarchs who spoke at the event, commended the state government for its effort in ensuring that the bitumen projects come to fruition.
Reacting, Chief Babatunde Oni urged government not to bring in politics or divide and rule to favour certain elders in order to avoid violence as those who feel cheated directly or indirectly may resort to self help and violence.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Engr. Ebenezer Ogunsanmi said the meeting became expedient in order to ensure enduring peace and tranquility between host communities and bitumen investors who have been licensed to explore and exploit bitumen in the state.
He also charged host communities to shun violence and any act that will jeopardize efforts of investors at developing bitumen in the state.

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