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Ajimobi Secures Bond to Facilitate Completion of Road Projects Before 2019

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By: Adeola Oladele, Ibadan
Before the expiration of his tenure in 2019, Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has said that he would not leave behind any uncompleted project, just as the governor said he had secured a bond to complete all road projects in the state.
He disclosed this while addressing journalists on Monday after he inspected some  roads billed for expansion in Ibadan.
One of the road networks, which the governor said would be expanded was the ever busy Agodi Gate-Beere-Alekuso-Orita Merin-Gege-Agbeni-Amunigun-Ogunpa-Dugbe road.
During the inspection, the governor also ordered stoppage of work at a fuel station under construction at Agodi Gate, Ibadan because of the ongoing expansion of Oke Adu-Agodi Gate-Idi Ape-Iwo Road, adding that the owner of the fuel station would be compensated.
At the popular Agbeni-Ogunpa marker the governor visited during the inspection, majority of market women went into jubilation when Ajimobi told them that his administration would embark on expansion of the road by April, adding that the road expansion would boost activities within the markets in the area.
He, however, promised that neighbourhood market would be built in Agbeni, Ogunpa and other areas to resettle roadside traders that would be affected by the road expansion.
He told the traders: “Starting from next month (April), we are starting the expansion of this road from Agodi-Gate straight to Dugbe to relieve commercial activities and stop display of wares on the road.”
“We know that the road expansion will increase your sales and open these markets to more people to do buying and selling, it is all for your good, we have secured a bond as financial support to execute the project.”
He enjoined the people to cooperate with contractors when their work resumed as their cooperation would lead to speedy completion of the project, assuring them that his government would continue to embark on people-oriented projects that would bring about economic relief despite the national reality.
According to the governor: “With the joy in their faces (traders) for this development, we are happy that we have made the right decision in picking on this project, our government will always embark on people-oriented projects which we are sure will always bring relief to our people.”
He also described as natural the feeling of unhappiness by some  people whose property would be affected by the road project, saying: “no road construction or expansion will be done without such happening. But we must look at the joy of the majority that will benefit from the project.”
“Count the number of people that will gain from the project as skilled and unskilled workers not to talk of road users that will have smooth passage after the road has been completed,” Ajimobi said.
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