Osun trade centre project gets attention after 8 years of ‘abandonment’

Ekene Agbor, Osogbo
Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has inaugurated the International Trade Centre project initiated by his predecessor, Rauf Aregbesola, eight years ago.
The International Trade Centre/Inland Port situated in Dagbolu, along Ikirun Road in the state was initiated by Aregbesola’s administration as a means of making it a huge commercial hub in the Southwest region.
It was gathered that the project was abandoned by the immediate past government. A visit to the project site revealed that no construction has been made by the previous government.
But on Thursday, eight years after, the project saw the light of the day as Governor Oyetola flagged it off as part of efforts at transforming the socioeconomic activities of Osun and opening the State to the international community.
Oyetola said his administration is committed to changing the narrative of Osun from being the civil service State to commercial and industrial based centre of the southwest zone.
According to the governor, “the International Trade Centre/Inland Port, a huge employment generator, will sit on 206 hectares and its components include an Inland Dry Port, an Industrial Hub, an International Trade Centre/Railway Platform, a Car Mart, a Mini Residential Development and a Storage Facilities/Warehouse.”
He said the establishment of the international market would go a long way to facilitate rapid economic growth and development of the State, generate massive employment opportunities for the unemployed population and encourage massive production of agricultural produce, especially food crops.
Governor Oyetola added that the project when completed will reduce road mishaps through haulage of goods by rail and equally serve as a great asset for the State in particular and the country at large as great commercial frontiers would be opened.
“It is exciting that this project is seeing the light of day after its initiation eight years ago by the Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola’s administration.
“There is no doubt that the season of economic revolution is here. Exactly this day last week, precisely September 17, we performed the flag-off of Osun Ethanol Bio-Refinery Factory located in Ayekale. Today, we are in Dagbolu to perform another feat in the realisation of our promise to engender economic recovery and transformation in the State,” Oyetola said.
The Speaker, Osun House of Assembly, Hon. Timothy Owoeye, applauded the administration of Governor Oyetola for diversifying the economy of the State to meet the desired results in spite of the present economic realities.
Owoeye who commended the initiative of establishing the Trade Centre in the State, expressed confidence in the ability of the present administration to take the State to enviable heights just as he appealed to the people to continue to support the government.
He assured the government of continued legislative support in the quest to turn around the socioeconomic fortunes of the State.
The Commissioner for Commerce, Cooperatives, Industry and Empowerment, Dr. Bode Olaonipekun, expressed gratitude to Governor Oyetola for continuously giving the State a facelift of development.
He disclosed that no fewer than twenty thousand trade and investment promoters have registered with the government. He added that the Trade Centre, when completed, has the capacity to host thousands of marketers and producers and as well provide jobs for over 10,000 unemployed population.
“It is a great opportunity for the State to have this kind of project. It’s opening the State’s frontiers of trade and development to the world,” he added.

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