The Manager of the Ondo State Industrial Hub, Mr Alex Ajipe, said on Wednesday that about 20,000 direct and indirect jobs would be generated when the hub begins to operate at full capacity.
Ajipe made the remark during the visit the wife of the state governor, Mrs Betty Akeredolu, to the hub at Omotoso, on the Ore Expressway in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.
The industrial hub, which is known as the Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub, came into being as a result of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Linyi City in the Shanghai Province in China and the Ondo State Government.
He said that nearly 15 different companies were already sited in the hub for operations, which include wood processing, textiles, exploration and agriculture.
According to him, we have a textile mill which is producing sewing thread, polyester embroidery and it will soon start to produce fabrics, lace and ankara.
“There is a wood mill producing plywood and an agro-allied chemical company which is 60 per cent completed.
“Also, there is a cassava ethanol plant which is only awaiting to be connected with electricity for operation.
“This will require one million tons of cassava every year and it means more money for cassava farmers and the company is ready to assist those cassava farmers in getting multiple harvests,’’ he said.
Ajipe said that before the end of 2019, an automobile assembly would arrive at the hub for assembling different forms of vehicles.
“We are expecting an automobile assembly to arrive in some months, to assemble different vehicles here in this industrial hub,’’ he noted.
Ajipe also noted that the hub will have a training centre, to be called the African College of Agriculture Vocational and Technical Studies, where interested people could acquire needed manpower technology.
Mrs Betty Akeredolu said she was in the hub with her team, the Forum of Wives of State Officials and Women Appointees (FOWOSO), to witness the giant industrial strides of the state government.
She described the state governor as a man of purpose, high integrity and vision, who means well for advancement of the state.
Mrs Akeredolu, therefore, urged women to think on how they can benefit from the industrial hub, considering that the various companies would need farm produce for their manufacturing and production activities.