By Akeem Abas
Ibadan – Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State on Thursday in Ibadan inaugurated the 5.5km Mobil-Oluyole- Apata Road and bridge.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the reconstruction of the road was awarded to M/S Adold Engineering Development Company Ltd in March 2015 at a cost of N2.23 billion.
Ajimobi said the completion of the project was another fulfillment of his administration’s promise to decongest roads and ease intra-city transportation.
“I am highly elated that we are able to convert our dreams into reality. We are building road networks because they are important for socio-economic development,’’ he said.
The governor said that his administration had constructed several roads in Ibadan including Challenge-Toll Gate, Challenge-New Garage, Eleyele-Dugbe- Jericho- Aleshinloye, Iseyin and Ogbomoso.
He said the Idi Ape- Bashorun-Akobo Ojurin, Ologuneru-Eleyele, Oke Adu-Iwo road, Gate-Adegbayi, Challenge-Orita Challenge-New Garage, Saki- Ilesha-Ibaruba roads were undergoing reconstruction, dualisation and expansion.
“As we are doing these, we have been witnessing massive arrival of foreign investors in the state. We must develop Ibadan and Oyo State,” he said, commending residents and commuters for enduring the pains of reconstruction.
Mr Wasiu Dauda, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, said the road which has pedestrian walkway and a three-span bridge over Alaro river, had considerably reduced travel time and raised the values of properties in the area.
In his remarks, Oba Lekan Balogun, Otun-Olubadan, one of the 21 newly inaugurated traditional rulers, commended the governor for the execution of the project, describing him as a builder.
Mr Gbenga Opaleye, the Caretaker Chairman, Ibadan South-West Local Government, also thanked the governor for reconstructing the road. (NAN)