The vision of the Governor of the State of Osun,Ogbeni Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola to open the state to investors through his lofty projects and programmes such as good road network and tight security of the state have continued to yield positive result with the establishment of a modern fish industry called “Aquarpro Agro Nigeria Limited” situated at Eko-ende town in Ifelodun Local Government area of the State.
The enthusiastic people of the ancient town of Eko-ende were overwhelmed with joy to receive government officials and management team of the new industry who paid them a familiarisation visit before the company could commence its operations.
Speaking during the visit,the Coordinating Director for the State of Osun Ministry of Agriculture,Food Security and Youth Engagement,Dr Oluwabukola Aluko congratulated the Kabiyesi,Elende of Eke- Ende,Oba Abdul Rauf Olaniyan Ajiboye and all sons and daughters of Eko -ende for being lucky among other towns in the State to host a multi million Naira industry in their community noting the economic,social and employment benefits of it to the town and the State.
Dr Aluko pointed out that the major factor that attracted the industry to Eko-ende town is Eko-ende Dam which was considered suitable for rearing Tilapia fish.
The Coordinating Director therefore sought the cooperation and support of the entire people of Eko-ende community to accommodate the company ,adding that in the nearest future the company will show case the town to the world with inflow of people that will patronise the industry.
In his own remark,the Principal Project Manager,Aquarpro Agro Industry,Mr Sayo Fadipe,disclosed that the aim of establishing the industry is to support the government at all levels and boost the economy through food production in order to stop patronising imported food that can be produced locally.
Mr Fadipe stressed that the industry has the capacity to produce Seven hundred and seventy two thousand ( 772,000)metric tone of Tilapia Fish before the middle of year 2017 which will be harvested,processed and packaged in the industry.
He assured the people of Eko-ende not to entertain any fear on benefit that will come to their community because the Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) signed between the company and the Osun government has already taken care of their interest .
Mr Fadipe also requested for the cooperation and love of the people of Eko-Ende as the major factor that can make the industry succeed,noting that development strives where there is peace.
In his royal message,Elende of Eko-Ende ,Oba Abdul Rauf Olaniyan Ajiboye commended the State Governor, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola for being the pillar supporting the development coming to the town.
Oba Ajiboye ,who prayed for the success and growth of the new industry ,also assured the Government and the management of the industry that his people in Eko-Ende are peace loving who cherish development. He therefore promised that all the company properties would be adequately secured .