There was jubilation over the weekend in the main auditorium of the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) when the Ondo State governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, broke the long-awaited news that equipment for the exploration of bitumen have arrived the state.
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 Sunshine State.
Ondo State has the largest bitumen deposit in Africa and the second largest in the world.
Akeredolu, who spoke during the combined 29th and 30th convocation of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, congratulated all the graduands, including holders of higher degrees, on the attainment of their various feats.
The governor also congratulated 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.
FUTA Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Fuwape, hailed Akeredolu as a development partner who is committed to the uplift 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.