Oyo commissions 8.2km Agodi Gate-Old Ife Road, Onipepeye Underpass

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Oyo State governor, ‘Seyi Makinde, was on Thursday joined by his Osun State counterpart, Senator Nurudeen Ademola Adeleke to commission the 8.2 kilometres dualised Agodi Gate-Old Ife Road-Alakia-Adegbayi Junction Road, including the Onipepeye Underpass Bridge.

The Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Professor Dahud Sangodoyin said the state government has embarked on the dualisation of the Agodi Gate – Old Ife Road – Adegbayi Junction (8.2Km) including the Underpass Bridge at Onipepeye due to the expansion of Ibadan.

The road, which used to be a single carriage, was awarded to Messrs Kopek Construction Limited in October 2022 and that with the completion of the project, meant that the Makinde administration has completed 187.42 kilometres of road under Omituntun 1.0 and Omituntun 2.0.

Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde (third right); his Osun State Counterpart, Senator Ademola Adeleke (second right); former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola (left); former governor of Ondo State, Dr Olusegun Mimiko (second left); deputy governor of Oyo State, Barr Bayo Lawal and PDP National Vice Chairman, South, Hon Taofeek Arapaja, during the commissioning of 8.2km of Agodi Gate-OldIfe-Alakia-Adegbayi including the Underpass Bridge at Onipepeye Area, Ibadan.

Senator Adeleke, who was the special guest of honour at the event, lauded the project as part of Governor Makinde’s administration’s infrastructure revolution, describing it as a great motivation for his colleagues in the South-West states.

“From Lagos to Ekiti to Ondo to Ogun and Osun, the South-West is witnessing infrastructure upgrades. Our roads and health centres are undergoing rehabilitation and we are keeping alive the great memories of our founding leaders.

From left, Former Senate President, Senator Adolphus Wabara; Governor Seyi Makinde; his Osun State Counterpart, Senator Ademola Adeleke and deputy governor of Oyo, Barr Bayo Lawal, during the commissioning of 8.2km of Agodi Gate-OldIfe-Alakia-Adegbayi including the Underpass Bridge at Onipepeye Area, Ibadan

Governor Seyi Makinde assured residents that work had already started on inner roads and that the government would deliver on its promise, as it has invested heavily on infrastructure development to keep up with the increased attraction of large and medium businesses into the state.

He said: “We are here today to commission the dualised 8.2km Agodi gate-Old Ife Road-Alakia-Adegbayi including the underpass bridge at Onipepeye.

“The completion of this project is further testament to our commitment to expanding the Oyo State economy through road projects.

“The expansion of our economy is very important to sustainable development, which was what I preached when I came out to seek a second tenure. This is one of the benefits you are seeing as a result of my reelection.

“As we continue to attract large, medium, and small businesses into Oyo State, the pressure on our infrastructure increases and there is a need to upgrade them.

“This is why we have chosen to keep investing in our infrastructure. Our goal is to upgrade cities and towns in Oyo State to places we can all be proud of.

“We don’t want to leave any communities behind. So, if we had all the resources at our disposal, we would do more at a faster rate. As we all know, our wants and needs are infinite but the resources to meet them are limited.

“So, we often have priorities on the project that will bring the best value to the good people of the state. We linked Ogbomoso zone to Iseyin, because we know the economic value of the project.

“This, indeed, for me is the true definition of governance, which is the ability to use limited resources to meet the growing needs of the population by prioritising projects that maximise value. And this is exactly what we are doing in Oyo State.”

Describing the Agodi Gate-Old Ife Road-Alakia-Adegbayi Junction Project and the Onipepeye Underpass as being quite valuable to the state, Governor Makinde said its major traction is that residents of the state can access the Ibadan Airport earlier than before.

He added that the state can now boast of many multinational and local businesses entering the state more than ever before as a result of his administration’s infrastructure development drive.

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