Ondo has announced plans to start assembling cars and trucks at the new Ondo-Linyi industrial hub in Ore.
First sets of SUVs, saloon cars and trucks will roll off the assembly lines by June 2020.
This was made known by the Manager of the Ondo-Linyi industrial hub, Chief Alex Ajipe, while speaking with journalists in Akure on Saturday.
Ajipe said the project was part of the Bi-City Agreement signed between Ondo government and the Mayor of Linyi in China, in 2017.
He said :
“In November 2019, we got a licence for the automobile assembly plant. We called it Win-Tech.
“From the message we got from our agent in China, the first consignment will arrive in Lagos port by March 1.
“So with the clearing and every other thing, at the end of March. We should have consignment here in Ondo State”
“We are starting with 200 trucks by May or June this year. I can assure you that this will be the first assembled trucks we will be seeing in Ondo State. We will also assemble SUV, saloon cars and many others as well”
Ajipe said that the agreement has potentials to increase the state’s internally-generated revenue. This is in addition to creating job opportunities for the citizens of the state.
The Ondo-Linyi industrial hub, among other projects in the state, was inaugurated by President Muhammadu Buhari on Feb. 25, 2020.
Ajipe said that the industrial hub would engage about 20,000 direct workers when fully completed.
About seven different companies are already operating at Ore industrial hub. These includes industries involved in processing cassava to ethanol making.