The Ondo state Governor, Barr. Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN has promised that his government would always provide the enabling environment for sporting and tourism activities in the state for would-be investors and participants.
Akeredolu made this known today at the closing ceremony of the First Auto Race in Ondo State. He said, “This is Sunshine State.I can tell you that we have the best potentials for tourism in its natural state in the Araromi Sea, Idanre Hills and the Ilara -Mokin beautiful Valley.”
“Although we have just started, I can assure you we would put in place all the necessary infrastructures for Public-Private Partnership to thrive”, he said.
The Governor also disclosed that the event was sponsored by private business ventures. He thanked the Chief Executive Officer of Elizade Motors, Chief Michael Ade-Ojo for investing in the State.
Earlier, the Secretary to the State Government, Hon. Ifedayo Abegunde and the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Right Hon. David Oleyelogun declared the Rally open. Abegunde said that the Auto Rally would boost the state’s economy and expose the tourism potentials of the State to the World.
Ondo Auto Rally which featured Car Racing, Drifting and Stunt Driving was done in collaboration with Wuraola Golf Championship.
The display of a “Locally Manufactured Car” by Alex Ephraim Akwiwu added glamour as the Governor rode in the car into the Government House signaling the end of the event.
Mr Antonio Sandouk came first and got N250,000 cash prize. Other participants who also got prizes were : Abiola Awosika, Nicholas Barberopoulos and some Motorcyclists from the State.
Speaking with newsmen, Mr Adeoye Ojuoko, Organizer, Work and Play Auto Rally, said the event had a tremendous impact on the state.
“We were able to employ more than 200 ushers. We urge more states to emulate this gesture.
“I want to impart something on the community, entertain them. I am doing it for my State,” he said.
Also speaking, Mr. Sandouk who took the first position at the Auto rally car race, thanked the Ondo State Government for the opportunity to have the event in the state.
He described the sport as fun and expressed hope that other Governors would bring the sport to their states.
He hinted that 11 cars and 15 motorcycles took part in the rally which was 3.5 kilometres and three laps.