Chairman of the Nigeria Communications Commission, NCC, Prof. Adeolu Akande, has described the chairman of Ilaji Resort, Akanran, Ibadan, Engr. Dotun Sanusi, as an uncommon risk taker.
Akande, who made this known in a statement to congratulate Sanusi, who is the Otun Apesinola of Ibadanland on his 52nd birthday.
Sanusi, who is into oil drilling, owns Ibadan College of Arts, Science and Technology, ICAST, Elebu, Ilaji Farms, Ilaji Football Academy, Ilaji Resort and host of others.
According to Akande, “I encountered Chief Dotun Sanusi almost a decade ago. That was just after we assumed office. A silent achiever and lover of development, all what he wanted was how to get the more than 20-kilometer Akanran-Olorunsogo road to be reconstructed. For him, Ibadan, his hometown, can become another Dubai. It was not even about government fixing the the road. All he wanted was approval for it to be financed from his personal purse. This was after he had taken the risk to erect a multi-billion naira investment in Oloyo village at Akanran. The reconstruction of Akanran road was eventually done from his personal purse. To make sure electricity comes to Akanran, he had to buy more than 200 poles and close to 20 electricity transformers. Today, Akanran is becoming another city within Ibadan city.
“Only recently, to my amazement, he began the construction of the first artificial beach in the whole of the southwestern Nigeria. Is that not a risk many investors would have ignored. Few weeks ago, I was happy getting information that work has reached advanced stage on the project. This, when completed, would not only shore up Oyo’s internally generated revenue, Ibadan would become the destination point for tourists who are almost tired of the Lagos traffic.
“As he clocks 52, I salute him. Without mincing words, I can say I am proud of his achievements. He is making waves where others could not. He is seeing opportunities others are seeing obstacles. His kind are rare. He is an uncommon individual. I was surprised to see the development going on in Akanran during my first. Congratulations my dearest brother. “