Signed MoU brings closer the opportunity to travel from Lagos to Ondo state in just 1 hour

If you live in Lagos and didn’t know Ilaje in Araromi Local Government Area of Ondo State before, now is the time to do so – say hello to the neighbors who just got closer.

In this past week, Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), with the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC), to construct a 50 kilometer road to link Ondo State with Lagos. The road is expected to connect Araromi seaside in Ilaje Local Government of Ondo State with Akodo in Ibeju-Lekki Local Government Area of Lagos state.


This is laudable and remarkable, because in less than 100 days of his administration in the State, the Governor can attract such a monumental project to the state and be recorded as the first State MOU with the Commission.

This 50 km road is expected to be completed within two and a half years (by the end of 2019 if they start soon enough). Once this project is completed, the people in the area and it’s environs can now travel to Lagos by road in less than an hour, as against the usual 4 – 5 hours spent through other roads to Lagos.

partnership works, Ondo State, NDDC, MOU for development, road development, infrastructure, real estate opportunity,
Gov Akeredolu signs MoU with NDDC

This will no doubt boast integrated economic development in Ibeju Lekki & Ondo State.

So, the Governor of Ondo State has recorded a win, right? Now, let’s flip the coin a little, what does this mean for people in Lagos State? Opportunity to expand your service area

  • Owning land in Ibeju-Lekki becomes even more viable
  • Improved access for migration of goods and services
  • Commercial activities are further established in the area
  • People can live in Lagos and work/run a business in Ondo {or vice versa too}
  • Agricultural produce found in the Ilaje area can be easier and better transported between regions for further production into consumables fit for sale across the board.

Ilaje people can literally be termed in the same capacity of Lagos people (but maybe without the same amount of “packaging” and hype), they have worked hard to keep themselves viable by utilising their local and raw produce,

Agricultural products include: Fish, Poultry, piggery, Maize, Palm oil, Vegetables, Timber, Rafia, Poultry, Copra, cocoyam, Bananas and Cassava. The natural environment of Ilajeland is particularly suitable for the development of large scale rice plantations and the salt industry. The occupational activities of the Ilajes include fishing, canoe making, lumbering, net making, mat making, launch building, farming and trading. Fishing however remains the major agricultural preoccupation of the Ilaje. This is underscored by the fact that the Ilaje’s geographical sphere has one of the longest coastlines in Nigeria. Ilaje’s fishing dexterity is underlined by a popular saying among the Ilaje that:

Ubo eri pa to, Ilaje gwa to rin meaning: Wherever the river current runs through, there you will find the Ilaje.

Fact is that thousands of migrant Ilaje fishermen can be found in many other coastal communities all over Nigeria in places like Epe, Escravos, Warri, Badagry, Brass and Nembe.

Igbokoda, the Ilaje local government headquarters is fast becoming an international trade center as its popular market attracts traders not only from other part of Nigeria, but, also from other African countries especially Togo, Benin, Ghana, Cameroon and Gabon.

Do you see why I say you need to start to get to know the people and identity of Ilaje?

The future begins to those who see and grasp opportunity way before it comes to life – invest in Ibeju Lekki, gain proximity to the Deep Sea Port and other infrastructural developments.

Have a lovely weekend!!



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