The Osun State government has entered into partnership parley with a multinational construction company, Julius Berger Nigeria Plc, with a view to constructing world class roads in the state.
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of the state, at a partnership meeting with a team from the construction company, led by its Head of West Division, Engineer Wolfgong Loesser on Monday, directed the leadership of the Ministry of Road and Transport to conduct the team round the critical roads in the state for the team to ascertain the best approach to them.
Addressing the team, the governor said that his dream was to have the best for the state in terms of road construction and provision of infrastructural facilities, hence the need to partner the company, being a reputable construction company in the country.
He said that the team should be conducted round the critical roads like Osogbo-Iwo Road; East Bypass among others that could assist commerce, socialization and support growth of the state.
Aregbesola emphasized that he deliberately invited the company to the meeting, challenging them that it would be wrong of them to concentrate only on Lagos without considering other states, especially in the Western Region of the country, being a contracting firm, which any government should struggle to partner with.
According to him, the work done in Lagos State in the area of road development by the company, which brought economic growth and development to the state, was an example of the ability of the company to bring growth to Osun State through infrastructure development.
He said that though the state was not buoyant financially, considering what it wants, as the state is the poorest in Western Nigeria, but “with strong spirit, high hope and superlative desire, we are not afraid of anything, we dream higher, we are not daunted by the enormity of what we want and the smallness of our means; we are convinced that we will achieve our aims”.
Expressing confidence in the ability of the construction company to construct world class roads based on the meager resources available to the state, he hoped that the company would join hands with the state government to turn around the state and make it a territory and model of good governance.
Speaking earlier, Loesser said that the company had decided to offer its commitment to work with the administration of Aregbesola for the development and economic growth of the state through superlative road construction.