The Osun State Governor, Mr. Adegboyega Oyetola, has said that his administration is working hard to develop the critical sectors of the state’s economy such as agriculture, tourism and mining in order to rescue the state from overdependence on federal allocations and made it the economic hub of the South-west region.
Oyetola noted that Osun was blessed with enormous potentials that are buried in its soil and that the state government had commenced efforts to exploit these resources and translate them to wealth.
The governor spoke at the weekend during a statewide broadcast to mark the third-year anniversary of his administration.
He noted that the government’s efforts were already yielding significant positive results as gold production is set to commence soon in Osun.
Oyetola also noted that the ongoing construction of Olaiya Flyover in Osogbo has reached 85 per cent completion and would be commissioned soon.
The project was flagged off in February to ease the growing traffic around the axis and reduce cases of accidents witnessed on the road.
According to him, the state government is rehabilitating roads across the nine federal constituencies in the state to improve on road network, open up the rural areas and ease movement of our people and their produce in order to ensure rapid socio-economic development.
He also stated that the government had sustained the construction of major road projects inherited from the immediate past administration, and assured that “we will continue to fund the dualisation of Gbongan-Akoda Dual Carriage Way, as well as Old Garage (Osogbo)-Ikirun-Ila-Odo- Erinle, which, together, are federal roads spanning a total length of 66.8 kilometres.
“We have also rehabilitated and constructed many other roads across the state. Among these roads are: Ada-Igbajo Road, Osogbo-Kelebe-Iragbiji Road, and Akindeko-Awosuru link Road via Adejumo Street with Oremeji spur, Akinlade Street, Adewale Street with loop to WAEC Road all in Osogbo; Army Barack (Ede)-Ara-Ejigbo Township Road, Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife/Ibadan Expressway Junction Road and Ereja Roundabout-and Ereguru-Isaare-Oke Oye-Sabo (Irojo)-Ilesa/Akure Expressway Junction.
“Others are Iloro/Aganun/Abiri road, Itaasin (St. Stephen Church)-Our Lady School-Police Divisional Headquarters, Famia Road, Nike Gallery-Ido-Osun Township airport with palace spur, Ikirun-Eko-Ende road and Gbogan Township road to mention but a few among several others. We shall soon complete Eko-Ende road.
“To further enhance easy flow of human traffic, goods and services, and to deliver socioeconomic development, Oyetola said that the state government has commenced the rehabilitation of several roads, including Lawyer Atanda road in Iwo, Ila-Arandun-Kwara Boundary road, as well as the construction of access road to Fountain University, Osogbo.”