By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
The Osun State Governor, Adegboyega Oyetola, on Thursday, inaugurated the newly-reconstructed 8.1km Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa road in Ife-North Local Government Area of the state after 45 years of its construction.
The project is the biggest road infrastructure intervention in the history of the council, as the newly reconstructed road was first constructed in 1976.
The governor also disclosed that his administration has carried out about 100 road interventions aimed at spreading amenities to every village and town, in the long run, to provide opportunities for the people, eliminate crime and unemployment, and check rural-urban migration.
Speaking during the inauguration ceremony at Ipetumodu, Oyetola noted that the reconstruction of the road after decades of its deplorable status has further justified government’s avowed commitment to giving adequate attention to intra- and inter-city roads so as to facilitate movement of goods and people and as well serve as a catalyst for massive investment in the State.
The governor, who reiterated the administration’s commitment to road infrastructural development, said the state under his watch would continue to muster resources to build strategic roads across the state.
“Since coming to office a little over two and half years ago, apart from funding all the major road projects we inherited from the previous administration, our Administration has carried out about 100 road intervention efforts, including construction and rehabilitation of over 80 rural and township roads across the three Senatorial Districts in line with the quality, equitable and adequate service/project delivery of our Development Agenda.
“Apart from the iconic Olaiya Flyover in the State capital, which has reached about 50 percent completion, we have completed several other roads, while others are ongoing.
“Among them are Alekuwodo road and over 25km Ede-Ara-Ejigbo road which have been inaugurated, as well as Igbajo-Ada 13km road and Ilesa Roundabout-Sabo-Akure Expressway 4.1km which are ready for inauguration.
“The first phase of the Modakeke Famia road has also been completed, just as we have commenced the Phase 2 of the project.
“The Aagba township road which was awarded in September last year is nearing completion, while those of Ido-Osun, Kuta, Gbongan and Ejigbo are all ongoing, just as the 16km Osogbo-Kelebe-Iragbiji road is nearing completion.
“Other ongoing road projects are GOF Ori Oke Pure Water, Osogbo; LAUTECH-Ajegunle, Osogbo, Ikirun-Ekoinde and Oroki Estate to All Souls Anglican Church, Okefia. Work will soon start on the reconstruction of 10km Ila-Arandun road and Lawyer Atanda road Iwo any time soon.
“Let me seize this occasion to inform this gathering that, in addition to this road, which we are inaugurating today, the reconstruction of Iloro- Aganun road, Ile-Ife, will be completed in a few months from now.
“We have successfully done 41 PHCs in the entire Ife land while the rehabilitation of the General Hospital, Ifetedo, has been completed.
“Today, the people of Moro, Yakoyo, Ipetumodu and Asipa join the above-mentioned towns and other scores of their counterparts that have benefitted from our resolve to make our people enjoy the good life and socio-economic dividends.
“The road will offer your farmers and traders the opportunity to transport their produce and goods to the market,” he said.
Also speaking, former Chief of Defence Staff, Lt. Gen. Alani Akinrinade, commended the governor for prudent management of resources and for justifying the confidence reposed in him by the electorate.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Hon. Remi Omowaye lauded the administration for taking the welfare and well-being of the people as priority as reflected in the massive infrastructure development aimed at securing the future of the State.