…Inaugurates Alekuwodo Roads Network
. By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola has said his administration was committed to infrastructure development as part of efforts to improve socio-economic activities and drive the economy of the State.
Addressing the people at the inauguration ceremony of Alekuwodo network of roads in Osogbo, Oyetola said the rehabilitation of the roads was in fulfilment of his electoral promises to raise the bar of infrastructure, ease socio-economic activities and stimulate the economy of the State.
His words: “We are therefore here today to deliver on our promise to rehabilitate the roads as part of the needs you put forward during our Thank You tour.
“Consequently, we are commissioning today, Akindeko-Awosuru Link Road, Adejumo Street with loop to WAEC Road, Oremeji Spur Road, Akinlade Street Road and Adewale Street Road.
“I am happy to inform you that some of these roads are installed with solar light to ensure safety and security of lives and property. The roads that we are commissioning today were completed within eight months of award, despite the lockdown occasioned by the Coronavirus pandemic. The contracts were awarded in February 2020 and the rehabilitation was completed in September the same year.
“The completion of these roads despite the Covid-19 challenges is an indication of the seriousness we attach to your welfare and the mileage we are ready to go to take care of your interest.
“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 provision of intra-city, inter-city and rural roads across the State”, Oyetola added.
While reaffirming commitment to repositioning the State through massive infrastructure development, he said his Administration 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”.
Governor Oyetola said the provision of the roads was an addition to the provision of 332 primary healthcare centres, one per ward, revitalisation of schools and institution of Osun Health Insurance Scheme to deliver quality and affordable healthcare to the people, including the people of Alekuwodo.
Also speaking, the Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun, commended Oyetola for giving Osogbo a modern facelift of development, saying distractors should stop their antics and support the governor to deliver more dividends.
The traditional ruler who passed vote of confidence in the Governor and endorsed his giant strides in the last two years, described Oyetola as a God’s sent to deliver Osun from the obvious infrastructure deficits and socio-economic quagmire, warning detractors to steer clear of the State.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Remi Omowaye, expressed gratitude to the Governor for giving express approval to rehabilitate the roads.
He disclosed that similar approval had been given to construction, rehabilitation and opening up of 20 different roads across the State just as he advised the residents of Alekuwodo to put the roads in good use.
Also, the Chairman, Peculiar Ultimate Concerns, Mr. Abel Olanrewaju Adeleke, said the roads were financed through Public Private Partnership arrangement as 52.5km of roads were considered across the three Senatorial Districts in the State.
The Alekuwodo roads network spanned Akindeko-Awosuru Link road, Adejumo street with Oremeji spur, Akinlade street, Isopako street, Adewale street, Ajigbotoluwa with loop to WAEC road.