Ondo State Government in partnership with the Federal Government through Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, NNPC, will begin a cassava-ethanol project before the end of this year.
The Special Adviser to the Ondo State Governor on Development and Investment, Mr Boye Oyewumi, disclosed this at the proposed site of the plant at Okeluse in Ose Local Government Area of the state.
Mr Oyewumi maintained that the ethanol project which would also involve a consortium of OBAX WORLDWIDE Ltd, COMPLANT in partnership with NNPC would create 12000 direct jobs while over 200,000 farmers would be fully engaged.
“We are here with the representatives of NNPC, OBAX WORLDWIDE Ltd and a Chinese company called COMPLANT. I’m happy to inform you that we are now about to start”, he said.
Also, the Senior Special Assistant to the State Governor on Agriculture and Agri-business , Mr Akin Olotu, said the NNPC team was on ground to look at the terrain, and dialogue with the community.
He said the project would provide jobs for thousands of people directly and indirectly. He assured that the industry would be the answer to the industrialization agitations of the people for years.
“It’s an ethanol plant and we are looking at close to a million tonnes capacity plant. Imagine the multiplier effects on the economy of the state and individuals,” he said.
Earlier at the palace of the Ojima of Okeluse, the Special Adviser had solicited the support and cooperation of the community throughout the establishment process.
While appealing that his people be carried along in the execution of the project, Oba Adeyeoba Owasunloye expressed optimism that his subjects would be favourably disposed to its early completion.
He observed with concern the failure of past administrations in keeping their promises to develop the town but appealed to Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu to make the project a reality.
Also a community leader, Engr. Emmanuel Fasaanu advised the State Government to be timely with the project and ensured that the time for its delivery didn’t change.
Earlier the leader of the foreign team, Mr Wang Qing had stressed that the Federal government was interested in the programme.
He promised to carry out the project alongside research as urgent as possible.
Mr Qing appreciated the level of hospitality extended to members of his team by the host community which he said would ginger them to work and deliver the project on time.
An MoU for the establishment of the cassava ethanol plant in Okeluse has been signed by the Ondo Sate Government and the NNPC.