Goodluck Jonathan, while visiting the Awujale of Ijebuland, Oba Sikiru Adetona, on Thursday, pledged to prioritise the completion
of the multi-million dollar Olokola deep seaport project in Ogun to attract
rapid economic growth and job creation.
president’s visit was in continuation of his tour to paramount rulers in the
South-West to solicit their support and blessings in the forthcoming elections.
are four deep seaport projects that will dominate our focus in the next
dispensation and God willing these will go through.
Olokola port project with the related investments, the Badagry deep sea port
project, the Ibaka deep sea port project in AkwaIbom State and Age deep seaport
project in Bayelsa.
need to expand our port facilities because Lagos is congested and we need deep
seaports across the country that will be viable, decongest Lagos and increase
commercial activities across Nigeria,” he said.
president told members of the traditional council of Ijebuland that he was
seeking another four-year term to complete some laudable projects in the
education, road and railways sectors.
have tried significantly in almost all the sector but we have not reached where
we want to go as a nation and we are totally committed to pushing Nigeria
forward,” the President said.
the creation of Ijebu state, Jonathan said the just concluded national
conference had made recommendations for creation of new states and he
reaffirmed his intention to implement the conference document.
is the responsibility of the executive and national assembly to implement the
document that is why we are praying for the PDP to have reasonable control of
the two arms of the National Assembly and the executive,” he said.
President also used the occasion of his visit to commend sons and daughters of
Ijebuland for their profound contributions to nation building, and promised not
to neglect them in key federal appointments.
Ijebus are known for commerce and industry and this is a part of Nigeria where
we have men and women to partner for the purpose of moving this country
forward,” he said.
his remarks, Adetona thanked the president for the visit, noting that it had
provided an opportunity for his people to interface with the president and
listen to his vision and programme for them.
described the Ijebus as “very sophisticated and enlightened.”
said their interaction with the president on the August visit would afford them
an opportunity to make up their mind on who to support in the March 28
traditional ruler appealed for violence-free elections across the country, and
urged Nigerians to remember that only God Almighty bestows leadership on