Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo
The multimillion naira Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park was, on Friday, officially commissioned by the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II.
Ooni of Ife disclosed that the project was designed for youth development and capacity building which will largely reduce criminal activities in the country.
The above was made known at the official unveiling of the facility along Ife/Ibadan expressway, Ile-Ife.
It was learnt that over one hundred youths have received direct employment while indirect employment opportunities have also been created for over five hundred others.
In his address, the Governor of Osun State, Alhaji Adegboyega Oyetola, lauded ‘Ooni’s exemplary passion for socioeconomic development,’ adding that the initiative is in tandem with his administration’s development agenda.
He said, “As a Government, we are immensely proud of your achievements since your assumption of the throne of your forefathers. This sprawling edifice is another worthy feather in this regard.
“I must note that this resort, no doubt, is in tandem with our Administration’s Development Agenda, which is focused on revitalising our economy and stimulating the local economy for maximum growth. This we are doing by leveraging, in the first instance, our comparative advantage in tourism and culture, mining and agriculture.
“Let me employ this medium to stress that initiatives such as Ooni is creating and attracting to Ile-Ife will only thrive and be sustainable in an atmosphere of peace. I, therefore, appeal to our youths and people to continue to allow peace to reign so that they can enjoy the dividends of the enterprise.”
Also speaking, an ex-Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who noted that he had never seen a monarch with such development in his domain in the span of a few years, said, “His Imperial Majesty is sending a strong message through Ife Grand Resort and Industrial Park to all of us here that we should engage our youths and offer them dependable mentorship.
“This is one among several activities of the Arole Oduduwa and I want us all to emulate this enviable gesture.”