Good road is a core component of vibrant economy —Oyetola


…As he commissions 5 intra-city roads in Osogbo

By: Abimbola Abatta, Osogbo

“Our administration prioritises infrastructure development, knowing its importance as the bedrock of the vibrant economy that we desire to move the State forward, and good road network is a core component of this enterprise.

“We believe that in achieving the economic transformation and the good life that we seek, we need to provide good road network across the State. This is the reason we have been giving attention to the provision of intra-city, inter-city and rural roads across the State.”

The above was stated by Governor Gboyega Oyetola during the commissioning of five intra-city roads in Alekuwodo area of Osogbo, Osun State.

Commissioning the road that spans Akindeko-Awosuru Link Road, Adejumo Street with a loop to WAEC Road, Oremeji Spur Road, Akinlade Street Road and Adewale Street Road, Oyetola noted that the completion of these roads despite the COVID-19 challenges is an indication of the seriousness his administration attaches to welfare.

“The roads that we are commissioning today were completed within eight months of award, despite the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic.

“I rejoice with you for taking delivery of these roads, which are undertaken to ease your business operations, stimulate your accessibility and economic productivity, ease your movement and those of your goods, make life better for you and generally improve your socio-economic activities.”

Oyetola revealed that “we shall soon be embarking on the construction and rehabilitation of Ejigbo township road, Ido Osun township road, Gbongan township road, Ile-Ife township road, Kuta township road, GOF-Ori-Oke Pure Water road, Osogbo, Halelluyah Estate, Osogbo, Inisa township road, Ila-Arandun road and Ikirun township road among others.

“The rehabilitation of these roads is a welcome addition to the dividends of democracy that you started harvesting last year as beneficiaries of our services across the sectors, including the revitalisation of 332 Primary Healthcare Centres across the State, one per ward; institution of Osun Health Insurance Scheme to give access to quality healthcare, and revitalisation of schools across the State.”

Urging Osun residents to continue supporting his administration to attract more development, he said, “the provision of these services was made possible by your support for our government and your resolve to live together in peace.”

While reeling off his administration’s achievements as regards road infrastructure, Gov. Oyetola said, “We will recall that in our first 100 days in office, we approved not less than ten roads across major towns, which rehabilitation or construction commenced immediately.

“We have also been embarking on the rehabilitation of inter-city and intra-city roads across the State from then till now. Several street roads are under rehabilitation and are at various stages of completion in Osogbo.

“In February 2020, we commenced a total of 54.3km road construction and rehabilitation across the three Senatorial Districts of the State.

“Our Administration also sustained the major road projects we inherited from our predecessor, including the Osogbo-Gbongan Road, the Osogbo-Ikirun Road, the Osogbo-Ilesa Road, and the Ife-Osogbo Road.

“We will continue to fund the dualisation of Gbongan-Akoda Dual carriageway, as well as Old Garage (Osogbo)-Ikirun-Ila-Odo-Erinle. These are Federal Roads that span a total length of 66.8 km.”

He further noted that provision has been made in the 2021 budget for the construction of a flyover bridge at Olaiya Junction in Osogbo which will ease the growing traffic around the axis, reduce cases of accidents, and secure the lives of citizens.

“You people are the reason we are in government and this journey of four years which has just gone halfway has given us the mutual assurance that our Development Agenda, which is our pact with you, is mutually rewarding,” he stated.

He charged the residents to sustain the atmosphere of peace and trust that prompted the road network, adding that “we are poised as a government to continue to serve you in the best way possible.”