The Oyo state governor, Abiola Ajimobi has flagged off the dualization of the 9.7km Saki Township Road, to improve access to agricultural areas.
The governor, who also addressed a town hall meeting in Saki town after the flag off, said that the government would make use of the arable land in Oke Zone as the centre of an agricultural revolution in the South west.
He pledged that the state government was not relenting in its efforts to ensure food security through its Agric-Oyo program.
According to him, “one of the cardinal programmes of my administration is to dualize the major entry points to towns within the state to give them an unprecedented facelift. We have started in Ibadan, Oyo, Ogbomoso and Iseyin. We are ready to restore the acclaim of Oke Ogun zone as the food basket of the state and to also contribute significantly to the improvement of the socio-economic activities in the zone.”
The governor said the road, awarded to Adolf Engineering Development Company at a contract sum of N8.24bn, is expected to be completed within 18 months, wth funding from the Federal Government Infrastructure Intervention Fund.
The governor explained that one of the fastest ways to develop a state was through agriculture and that was why the state started its pilot agricultural programme in the 10 local governments in the Oke Ogun area.
Ajimobi pointed out that the state government was modeling itself after Malaysia, where the government invited investors to come and develop towns, saying his administration was luring investors with free land in order to develop the state.
The governor also assured the Oke Ogun communities of an end to the Bororo farmers’ crises, premising his optimism on a tripartite committee set up by the state government to foster regular dialogue between farmers and Bororo cattle rearers.
Niyi Adeagbo, the Caretaker Chairman Itesiwaju local government, said ” I am very proud to say that the governor’s latest initiative has attracted local and international investors into the state as Numerix Development Limited recently pledged an initial investment of $30m with a promise to progressively increase the figure to $100m in the next few years.
Other investors that pledged commitment to the initiative were the Winchester Farms Limited and the Psaltry International Limited. ”