Gov Akeredolu set to grow marijuana in Ondo State, says Nigeria missing out
Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has advised the Federal Government to explore the opportunities in the cannabis business.
Mr Akeredolu made the appeal during his visit to Thailand to see how cannabis is being used to make food and drugs.
Also on the trip was the chief executive officer of the National Drug Laws Enforcement Agency (NDLEA), Muhammad Abdallah.
Mr Akeredolu revealed this through his verified Twitter handle, @RotimiAkeredolu.
“We know that Ondo State is the hotbed of Cannabis cultivation in Nigeria. We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the Sunshine State.
“With an estimated value of $145 Billion in 2025, we would be shortchanging ourselves if we failed to tap into the legal Marijuana Market”.
The governor said his focus is to establish medical marijuana cultivation under the full supervision of the NDLEA.
He urged the federal government to “tap into this thriving industry for more jobs creation and economic diversification.”
Clarifying the governor’s statement on Tuesday, his spokesperson, Yemi Olowolabi, said Mr Akeredolu’s call was part of his drive to industrialise Ondo and expand job opportunities in the state.
He said marijuana farming is, at the moment, a problem in the state because of routine clashes between the farmers and NDLEA agents.