PIX ABOVE SHOWS:The governor, State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, exchanging pleasantries with Dominican Partners in the RLG project, Mr Javier Dotel (left); Stephaine Dotel (2nd left); as an APC chieftain in Ondo State, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (2nd right) and a veteran journalist, Pastor Segun Babatope (left), watch at the commissioning of RLG/Adulawo Technology City, in Ilesa, State of Osun, last Thursday.
Governor of the State of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, has stressed that technology has become an escape route out of poverty in the continent, just as he last Thursday commissioned $50 million Information, Communication Technology (ICT) factory in Ilesa.
Named Adulawo Technology City, the ICT factory, which would create ten thousand jobs directly and indirectly, has the capacity to produce five thousand mobile phones, in addition to two thousand, five hundred computer sets on a daily basis.
The RLG- Adulawo Technology City, which can also produce LED television sets and other devices, promised to be one of the most productive assets in the State of Osun, while creating employment and revolutionizing the industry through assemblage of electronic communication devices.
In his address at the commissioning ceremony, Ogbeni Aregbsola said the project, which is in partnership with the state government, is a result of the innovation of the present administration to boost the economy of the state through technology.
He stated that the investment of the state in the project is the training of 20,000 youths, which have been done in batches of five thousand on ICT and the procurement of the land on which the factory is built, as well as the provision of a transformer for the factory.
Ogbeni Aregbesola, who said that ICT is no longer a venture for the future, but a thing of the present, stated that the world has been changed from what it used to be as a result of technology, while urging the people to take advantage of the factory.
In his address on the occasion, the Chairman of RLG and Agams Group, Mr Roland Agambire, said the intention of the company was to sow a seed, so that Nigerians will know that the company has come to stay and not just to make money and leave, noting that RLG has a dream that will take Africa out of poverty, as the facility is a sure way to creating jobs.
Agambire added that the company will always be ready to partner the state for progress, stressing that the company has the ability of increasing the GDP of the state at a very high rate, while noting that the youths of the country have always been yearning for job creation.
Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, expressed delight at the emergence of the factory in the state, while thanking God for choosing a man like Aregbesola as the governor of the state.
The royal father, who identified technology, apart from education, as the major solution to the series of problems facing the continent of Africa as a whole, appealed to those in charge of the company to ensure its sustenance and continuity, so that it will achieve the desired result.
Also speaking at the event, the duo of Prince Ade Adefioye and Mr Bambo Bashorun, who are the OYESTECH Chairman and OYESTECH Director respectively, stated that the aim of the company is to challenge Nigerians, saying that the aim of the government is to make the state better than Lagos in terms of job opportunities, economy and others.
They stressed that through the commissioning of the factory, the current administration in the state has fulfilled its campaign promises of banishing hunger, poverty and unemployment, while emphasising that the Adulawo Technology City is one out of several companies that will come to the state.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Country Director, RLG Nigeria, Mr Tosin Ilesanmi, appreciated the cooperation and support of Ogbeni Aregbesola and the people of the state in making the factory a reality, noting that the company will go a long way in easing the unemployment problems of the state and the country at large.
Highlight of the event included the official commissioning of the factory by the governor and a facility tour of the factory by top dignitaries that were present.
The programme brought together prominent politicians from within and outside the state, private and public sectors, market women among whom were the Ekiti State governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, the ACN governorship candidate in the last Ondo State election, Mr Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the state deputy governor, Otunba (Mrs) Grace Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, the Chief of Staff to the Governor, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola, APC party executives in the state among others.