James Sowole in Akure
The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, thursday set up a nine-man technical committee to reactivate the abandoned Olokola Free Trade Zone Project.
The multi-billionÂ Naira projectÂ was initiated by the late Dr. Olusegun Agaguâ€™s administration but was later abandoned shortly after his exit from office.
The committee is headed by Mr. Funso Kupolokun, a renowned Petroleum Engineer and one time Group Managing Director of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), while Mr. Jones Abiodun will serve as secretary.
Other members of the committee are: Dr. Deji Oyedele,Â Chief Akin Aruwajoye,Â Mr. Funsho Esan,Â Mr. Niyi Adegbonmire SAN,Â Mr. Juwon Falope, Dr. Funmi Cooker and Mr. Oluwafemi Akarakiri.
Inaugurating the committee at the Cocoa Conference hall of the governorâ€™s office, Akeredolu said the committee is expected to actualise the Olokola Free Trade Zone project between Ondo and Ogun States.
The governor who was represented by his deputy, Hon Agboola Ajayi also charged the committee to tackle the current legal and technical issues confronting both the Owena Oil and Gas Limited and Owena Energy Limited.
Akeredolu said the concern of his administration remained the massive turn around in the economic and social landscape of the state noted that best hands have been selected both within and outside the state for the committee.
The governor said massive economic turn around can only be achieved through a private sector driven economy that operates in a conducive environment provided by the government.
According to the governor, the terms of reference of the committee include reviewing all the work that has been done to date on planning and implementation of OK – FTZ .
He said the committee will alsoÂ determine the current status of all the activities and make recommendations.
According to the governor, the committee will also review and assess the corporate structures for the operation and management of the Olokola free trade Zone and the mechanism for interfacing between Ondo and Ogun states and with the Nigerian Export Processing zones Authority
Equally to be reviewed andÂ assessed is the state of infrastructures in the zone, as regards road, waterways, electricity, water and communicationâ€.
Responding on behalf of the committee,Â the chairman of the committee,Â Kupolokun said the committee will be committed and make more efforts to activate the abandoned project.