Oyo Governor set to construct 75km of 110km Circular Road
By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Governor of Oyo State, Seyi Makinde, has vowed to deliver 75km of the 110km Circular road by 2023, declaring that his administration would turn Ibadan into a 21st century city through the provision of developmental projects across the city.
The governor stated this, on Saturday, at the inauguration ceremony of the 2021/2023 Executive Council of the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII), led by its President General, (Prince) Oluyemisi Adeaga, at an event held at the Ibadan House, Oke-Aremo, Ibadan.
The governor revealed that he believed in the ideals of the CCII, which is an influential association in the whole of Oyo State, assuring that most of the projects embarked upon in Ibadan by his administration would transform the city into a 21st Century city.
Makinde said: “We all know where CCII started and know where it is today. We all know the influence CCII exerts not only on Ibadan issues. If one can solve the issues in Ibadan, that means one can solve issues in the whole of Oyo State. And for me, I personally believe 101 percent in the ideals of CCII. The position of CCII on most germane issues concerning our state has always turned out to be the right one because our best, be it intellectual, be it spiritual, or social, are in CCII.”
Noting that his administration had roughly two years to re-image Ibadan and was already on the path of doing so, the governor cited the commissioned remodeled Lekan Salami Stadium and the Circular Road, a project he said would change the landmark in Ibadan, promising that 75kms of the 110km road would be delivered before the end of his tenure in 2023.
He stated: “If we can vividly reflect, there used to be bus terminal in Ogunpa in those days. So, we also want to recreate the same with the bus terminals we are putting up at Challenge, Iwo Road and Ojoo. Many people have said they like the light up project we have done already. The ones we have done in Ibadanland alone is not up to 30 per cent of what we planned to do. We are actually supposed to light up 156kms of road in Ibadan. And all they have done is less than 50kms.”
The governor pledged to continue to support the growth of the CCII and donated a bus to the Council. He also promised to contribute 10million Naira towards giving scholarships to Ibadan indigenes.