Ondo State Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Friday, 30th November 2018, said equipment for bitumen exploration have arrived the state.
The Governor stated this during the combined 29th and 30th convocation of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).
He expressed optimism that the exploration of the huge deposit of bitumen in the state would contribute in no small measure to tackling unemployment and further boost the economy of the state.
Ondo State has the largest bitumen deposit in Africa and the second largest in the world.
Akeredolu, congratulated all the graduands, including holders of higher degrees, on the attainment of their various feats, as well the university management and honorary awardees on their contribution to the development of humanity.
Those conferred with the award of honorary degree of Doctor of Science are Engr Akin Odumakinde, Mr. Lawrence Olusegun Aina and the Alani of Ido Ani, Oba Olufemi Olutoye.
While describing the awardees as great achievers whose contributions have variously impacted the society, Akeredolu said Ondo State owes them a lot of gratitude.
Speaking ealier, the Vice Chancellor of the institution, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, hailed Governor Akeredolu as a development partner who is committed to the upliftment of education.
According to the VC, Governor Akeredolu has shown abiding interest in the development of FUTA through his regular visits to the school.
The Vice-Chancellor also lauded the support of the Akeredolu administration in fostering a mutually beneficial partnership with the university, which he said has witnessed the establishment of Akure Tech-Hub, fully domiciled in the university campus.
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