The Ondo State Governor, Mr. Rotimi Akeredolu has said he will not revive any dead industry in the state.
The Governor said he would instead begin new industries.
Akeredolu disclosed this while addressing the workers in the state during the celebration of workers’ day in Akure, on Monday, May 1.
He said a new glass industry will be established in the state to replace the dead Oluwa Glass Industry.
According to him, the new glass industry would be furnished with modern equipment as the ones at the Oluwa Glass are obsolete.
Akeredolu noted that with the new establishment, about 10,000 people would be employed.
He said, “We want to begin reforestation in the state and another glass industry would be established that will employ not less than 10,000 people.
“There is a dire need for us all, particularly workers in this state, to start thinking out of the box on how to diversify our economy from the oil dependence into agriculture, entrepreneurship and industrialisation in order to boost our Internally Generated Revenue.”
The Governor also assured the workers of regular salaries, promising to ensure a good relationship between him and labour but cautioned them to be diligent at work too.
On his part, the state chairman of the Trade Union Congress, Mr. Soladoye Ekundayo urged Akeredolu to weigh into the crisis in the State House of Assembly.
He said the crisis is stalling the passage of the 2017 budget.
Ekundayo also tasked the administration to embark on aggressive IGR drive, noting that the people should not be over-taxed in achieving this objective.