Nigeria: Ondo Govt Signs MoU with UAE Firm on Sea Port Development
By RAZAQ BAMIDELE
London, April 13, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu has taken a major step towards widening the investment horizon in the state by signing a Memorandum of Understanding, (MoU), with the private office of a member of the Dubai’s ruling family, His Highness Sheikh Dalmook Al Maktoum, in the area of sea ports and infrastructural development in the state.
The governor was seeking the collaboration of the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai in developing Ondo State and widening its investment horizon.
The governor was in Dubai to meet the Under Secretary for Foreign Trade, Ministry of Economy UAE, Hon Abdulla Ahmed Al Saleh, to discuss opportunities in his state, according to a statement from the Governor’s office.
In accordance with the terms of this MoU, the parties have expressed intention to collaborate and work together on other business opportunities like setting up new conventional, renewable and hybrid power projects including the potential to re-power existing power plants.
Other areas of interest covered by the MoU include: exploring the potential to develop Oil Blocks and Strategic Storage Terminals, developing cashless solutions for internally generated revenues (IGR) on direct assessment
The agreement equally allowed the two parties rooms to discuss and actualise any other other business of mutual benefits :
During the visit, Akeredolu and his team met with His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum and the Dubai Port Authority team on the Portondo and the bigger economy of the state.
The Akeredolu’s administration has already completed a feasibility study on the proposed Deep Sea Port in Ilaje local government area of the state which has been forwarded to the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA)
The governor had mentioned during a visit to the Araromi Obu–jn-Council that the NPA team would soon be in the state for assessment after which the port declaration will be done, promising that his administration will continue to engage potential investors.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Dalmook Juma Al Maktoum, member of the ruling family of Dubai UAE and founder of the diversified conglomerate, Africa Middle East Resource Investment (AMERI Group), has emerged as a strong force on the global front as his rise as an influential figure stems from his decisive leadership in expanding UAE’s energy and power-network across continents and his inspirational work on the humanitarian front.