WORRIED by the different projects embarked upon by the current administration in Kwara State, which are believed not to be in tune with people’s needs, a Chieftain of Alliance for Democracy (AD) in the state, Chief Wole Oke has observed that an average resident of the state does not need a fly-over, even in the next 20 years.
Oke who stated this in an interview with OSUN DEFENDER explained that most of the projects embarked upon by Saraki’s administration are sheer window-dressing that have no bearing with the needs of Kwarans.
Assessing various developments on projects of the present administration, Oke said: “He is embarking on these projects because we are pushing him. The opposition parties are compeling him to do it. He would not have done it if we did not criticize him.
“And even, if one looks at the projects they are executing, they are just glossy things. They have no bearing at all with the needs of Kwarans.
“Tell me, why are they constructing fly-over? What for? In Kwara State today and for the next 20 years, traffic congestion in Ilorin would not require fly-over.
Justifying his argument, the leader of Kwara Patriots said, “There is no need for it. What we need are bye-pass which are already in existence. And all they need is to work on it. They only need to expand it.”
“And if one looks at the road projects they are executing, they are mainly concentrated in the state capital. Furthermore, the contractors handling the projects are not from, Kwara State.
“How much of road construction have they had done in the rural areas. So, why is the Saraki-led administration wasting our money and resources on fly-over worth over N30billion, while there are rural roads that if executed, they would improve the economy of rural dwellers?
“Tell me, how many local governments areas are connected with good roads apart from Ilorin-Lagos road, and Ilorin-Omu-Aran road, where else?”
“Go to Ifelodun, the largest local government council area in Nigeria today, no good road in that area. Or perhaps, let them tell us if there is any road that links Saare to Oke-Ode to Lere to Oro-Ayo. That would have been the case”, Oke said
From LANRE LAWAL, Ilorin