Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde has stated that Ibadan Circular road project remains the single biggest investment that has come to Oyo State in the five decades.
The Governor stated this on Saturday at a dinner with Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes and other affiliated Ibadan Socio-cultural groups held at International Conference Centre.
Speaking further, Makinde noted that his administration has already committed ten percent of the thirty billion naira (N30b) earmarked for the project to enhance its take off. He added that when completed, the project will will change the landscape of Ibadan. His words;
“Across the major pillars, which this administration is rested upon, Ibadan has benefitted from those activities. And the last I will talk about is the Ibadan Circular Road. If you go to the both ends, you will see that work has begun on the interchange. If you are going towards Osun, after Badeku, you will observe that work is ongoing there as well. The other four bridges are not also left out, and in terms of investment, the project is the largest single investment that has come to Oyo State in, at least, 50 years.
“Right now, the government has committed 10 per cent of the resources that will be needed for the project, which is well above N30bn. So, in terms of volume, it is a project that will be worth more than N300bn. When we complete it, it will change the landscape.
“Those who reside around Akobo axis can testify to the fact that the second bridge we did on that axis was magical. It is the same magic you will see when we complete the first phase of Ibadan Circular road. And what this means is all the trailers and articulated coming into inner part of Ibadan to destroy our roads will not be plying the routes again. So, when the express road is completed, they will using the routes so that we can fix our inner roads including Oke-adu, Beere, Molete and others.
“And when we are finally done with the Circular road, the trailers going to Osun, Ekiti and other neighbouring states, won’t have any business in Iwo Road and Challenge.”
The event had in attendance Deputy Governor, Barrister Abdulraheem Adebayo Lawal among other dignitaries.