20th December, 2011
President Goodluck Jonathan today emphasised his administrationâ€™s resolve to boost the economy of the country and ensure that the nation is rated among the best 20 economies before 2015.
Jonathan disclosed this at the official commissioning of the 2.5 million metric tonnes new plant constructed by Larfage Cement Plc at Ewekoro in Ewekoro Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The new plant built at a new site has the capacity to produce 2.5 million tonnes of cement annually, which the President commended as a means of providing employment opportunities for the teeming Nigerian youths.
He said, “this is a new innovation and it is a welcome development at this critical period in our countryâ€™s economy. With the commissioning of this new plant today, many of our youths will be gainfully employed and will desert the streets to contribute to building the nationâ€™s economy.”
Jonathan urged the management of the company to cooperate with the host community and the state government in order to allow other investors to come down and invest in our country.
The president was accompanied to the commissiong ceremony by the Minister of Internal Affairs, Ambassador Olugbenga Ashiru and his counterpart for Trade and Investment, Olusegun Aganga.
In his address, Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, commended the company for opening such a gigantic plant in the state and assured them of the security of the factory and the workers.
Amosun said the new plant will boost the stateâ€™s Internally-Generated Revenue, IGR. He appealed to the companyâ€™s management to consider the stateâ€™s indigenes while offering employment.
He also urged the host community to offer maximum cooperation to the management of the cement company.
With the governor at the ceremony were the State Deputy Governor, Prince Segun Adesegun, Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mr. Suraju Adekanbi Ishola and former Head of Interim National Government, ING, Chief Ernest Shonekan.
Traditional rulers who witnessed the event included the Alake of Egbaland, Oba Aremu Gbadebo, Akarigbo of Remoland, Oba Adeniyi Sonariwo, Olu Itori, Oba Fatai and Olowu of Owu, Oba Adegboyega Dosunmu.
Lagos State Governor, Mr. Babatunde Fashola was represented by his Commissioner for Commerce, Mr. Olusola Oni.
â€”Abiodun Onafuye, Abeokuta