The Osun State government has awarded a contract of road constructions that would connect the state straight to Ogun State, through Ikoyi to Ikorodu and to Lagos by bypassing Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
The governor of the state, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola, disclosed this last Sunday during the Church Service marking the 20th Anniversary of the state, held at the All Saints Cathedral Church, Balogun Agoro, Osogbo, saying that when the road is completed, those travelling to Lagos would no longer pass through the rigours of traffic hold-up in Ibadan.
Represented by his deputy, Otunba Titilayo Laoye-Tomori, the governor also reiterated the commitment of his administration to rebuild Osogbo, the state capital and put it on the map of the world, as one of the best state capitals in the world.
According to him, “this government had awarded a contract that will connect Osun State straight to Ogun State, through Ikoyi to Ikorodu and to Lagos. We will cut-off Oyo State. So, we would no longer go through the rigours of traffic hold-up in Ibadan”.
The present administration, he said, was hell-bent in developing and renewing the state, through road construction among others, which, he said, had been started at the rural areas, due to the commitment of the government to develop agriculture and ensure massive food production for the people of the state.
Aregbesola also noted that the state was poised to tap all available avenues, especially in the area of tourism, to increase its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR), for the advancement of the state.
He said: “Recently we launch O-Tour to put the state tourism on the world map, because we are endowed by natural things from God and we want to ensure that we become the best state in Nigeria, especially in the area of tourism. We are determined to bring out the best in the state.
“We have 63 tourist centres all over the state and we would develop all these, to ensure that our IGR improves, because, unfortunately, right now in the South-West, we have the least IGR, but within the next six months, you will all be living witnesses to what would happen”, he insisted.
The governor, who lauded the civil servants, religious leaders and traditional rulers in their untiring efforts at ensuring the development of the state since its creation, noted that his administration would do all it takes at ensuring that, the state is taking to the highest level of good governance, just as he called for prayers from every quarter in the state.
In his sermon, the Bishop, Osun Diocese of Anglican Communion, Rt. Reverend Afolabi Popoola, called on the Nigeria leaders to rise-up to the challenges of Boko Haram menace and armed robbery, among others, saying that the country is now in the era of fear.
Commending the governor on the employment of 20,000 youths under the Osun Youths Empowerment Scheme (OYES), the Bishop called for prayers and the fear of God among leaders and followers, saying that it was only through the fear of God and prayers that the crisis in the country could be resolved.
On the ongoing industrial strike action in the state, the Bishop appealed to the government and the workers, to further shift their grounds with a view to calling-off the strike, as many things in the state have been paralyzed, since the commencement of the strike action.