As the nation intensifies efforts to diversify its economy away from crude oil, some states in the federation have followed suit
One of them is the Sunshine State, which has invested tremendously on the development o its bitumen deposits, as well as its cassava produce.
The state has over the years been referred to as a civil service state, as it depended largely on monthly revenue allocation fro the Federation Account for its survival.
The state as a way of moving on towards the industrial development status, embarked on the Cassava Revolution ( CASSAREV).
According to one of the key participants of the revolution, Chief Alexander Oluremi Ajipe, Chief Executive Officer, Klick Konnect Network, the Cassava Revolution is a value chain programme designed to explore the numerous advantages of cassava resources in the state.
At full implementation, Cassarev is expected to facilitate the establishment of an ethanol factory and contribute to human capital development while farmers in the state would supply not less than 400 tonnes of cassava daily to keep the factory operational.
Klickconnect is also encouraging Ondo people, especially youths, to get involved in cassava farming by registering them and facilitating no interest loans.
Ajipe explained tragically that industrial activities have been on the downward trend since the exit of the Adekunle Ajasin administration, with key industrial concerns as the Oluwa Glass Industry, the Ceramic Industry, the Tomatoes Industry, gone moribund due to the insensitivity of successive administrations.
He noted however positively that with the advent of the present Akeredolu administration, commendable commitment has been shown towards the state’s industrial renaissance.