The city of Osogbo went agog on Monday, 28th April, 2014, as the motorcade of the governor of the state of Osun, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola went round the 21 newly constructed roads which he later commissioned.
The shout of “Aregbe” rented the air as the convoy of the governor snaked through Station Road to Ebenezer Hotel Road; Boorepo to Elelede Junction Road; Elelede to Gbemu Road; Gbodofon to Gbemu Junction Road; and Ilobu Road to GRA Road among other roads listed for the ceremony.
The Governor at the Oroki Estate, venue of the commissioning said his administration has spent a total of N10 billion on road constructions in the state.
Aregbesola while delivering his speech at the official commissioning of the Osogbo metropolitan road project noted that he is not perturbed by the huge amount of money committed into the road projects, because they will have unquantifiable benefits on people.
He added that at the inception of his administration, it had a vision of progress for Osun, of which road infrastructure development is a vital component.
The Governor stressed that, because of the paramount importance of road transportation for the movement of people and goods in Nigeria, including Osun, government accorded it a priority attention in its development scheme.
Aregbesola pointed out that his administration did not allow it to be detained by the little details of short-term inconveniences but focused on the big picture and the long-term value of the sacrifices it’s making today.
According to the Governor, “When we started these roads, our traducers scoffed and mocked the project, claiming that we would never have the funds or the presence of mind to see them through. But to the glory of God and their eternal shame, we have delivered on our promise.
“We are not resting on our oars; our greater vision is to tar every road in the state since we cannot conceive of a beautiful environment without good roads.
“We will therefore continue to convert our visionary road map for Osun into concrete and enduring legacy of asphaltic surfaces for the engendering of socio-economic development, progress and prosperity for our people”.
He averred that, as the state capital, Osogbo township road development project stands out as a product of a visionary road map intentionally aimed at making Osogbo the truly modern state capital it deserves.
The Governor stressed that the roads are designed to ease transportation within the city, as well as in and out of it, adding that the total number of roads to be commissioned in Osogbo is 21 roads with a stretch of 26.31 kilometres.
The commissioned roads include: Station Road to Ebenezer Hotel Road; Boorepo to Elelede Junction Road; Elelede to Gbemu Road; Gbodofon to Gbemu Junction Road; and Ilobu Road to GRA Road.
Others are: Oja Oba Road to Plantain Area; Balogun Biiro to Oke Baale Road; Alafia Street to Church Street, Awolowo Way; Coca-Cola to Capital Hotel Road; Oke Onitea Road to Anaye Market Junction; Okefia to Ita Olokan Road; the Road from Opposite Capital Hotel to Oroki Road; Oroki Estate to Ilobu Road; Odetoyinbo to Heritage Hotel Road with Spur; and Kola Balogun Road Junction to Fiwasaye Olohunosebi Junction.
Also commissioned were: Osunbukola to Ede Road; John Mackay Road to Oke Baale; the road from Tanisi to Keji Adigun Street; Adams Street to Mercy Land and Road Spur; Steel Rolling Camp to Kabelo Filling Station; and rehabilitated Ifeloju Omo-West Road.
At the event on Monday were the wife of the governor, Alhaja Sherifat Aregbesola; state Deputy Governor, Mrs. Grace Titi Laoye Tomori; Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Najeem Salam; Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeoti; members of the state executive council, traditional rulers, trade groups and others.