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Osun: Adeleke’s giant strides in Infrastructural development…….As contractor expresses readiness to provide high quality road

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As part of efforts of the present administration to fast track development and enhance the economic growth of Osun State, the rehabilitation of some major roads across the State has commenced

Some major roads across the State are in deplorable condition for some time now, impeding the free flow of traffic and increasing the number of hours people spend before getting to their destinations, it became necessary for something to be done.

This has prompted the administration of Senator Ademola Jackson Nurudeen Adeleke to give approval for the rehabilitation of these major roads to ease the free flow of traffic and reduce wear and tear on people’s cars.

Governor Ademola Adeleke has mobilized Sammya Construction Company back to site for the continuation of Osogbo/Ikirun/Ila Odo Kwara boundary road which was started by Rauf Aregbesola Administration in the last 12 years.

The asphalt laying of the Osogbo-Ikirun/Kwara State boundary road which was recently approved by the administration of Senator  Adeleke for continuation was awarded in June 2012.

Following the resumption of work on the project, an inspection team led by the Coordinating Director, Ministry of Works and Transport, Engr. Olusola Ajao, alongside the Director of Highways in the Ministry, Engr. Basiru Bello, went on an inspection of the ongoing project.

Workers of the construction company handling the project were seen on ground in their numbers engaging in one activity or the other to ensure that the portion of the project approved for continuation is completed on time.

Leader of the inspection team, Coordinating Director, Ministry of Works and Transport, Engr. Olusola Ajao, who expressed delight at the level of work done so far, said the administration of Senator  Adeleke is determined to put smiles on the faces of masses. He said the Governor decided to approve the continuation of the project because of the belief that good road infrastructure is one of the basis for speedy economic growth of any society.

Engr. Ajao emphasized that the present administration in the State will not relent in fixing infrastructures in all the nooks and crannies of the State so as to open Osun to the eyes of the world and attract investments that will create jobs and boost the economic potentials of the State.

Also speaking, the Director of Highways in the Ministry of Works and Transport, Engr Basiru Bello, said he was particularly delighted because the Governor has not only approved the continuation of the Osogbo-Ikirun/Kwara State boundary road, but also approved other road network within the State for rehabilitation.

He said the Governor has demonstrated an uncommon zeal, passion and willingness to develop the State and make life better for all residents of the State.

It will be recalled that the Osogbo-Ikirun/Kwara State boundary road was awarded 12 years ago but was not completed causing hardship to residents and especially motorists who ply the road on a daily basis.

In the state view the Chairman and Chief Executive officer of Sammya Nigeria Ltd, Engineer Adigun Sammy Oreoluwa, expressed readiness to provide high quality and the best Road infrastructure for the government and people of Osun State in record time.

COMMISSIONING:

Consequently on March 14, 2023, the Governor Ademola Adeleke commissioned  the second phase of the Dualization of Osogbo–Ikirun –Ila Odo, Kwara State boundary Road of (10.5km) from Osogbo Steel Rolling Company to  Ikirun, Ifelodun Local Government Area of the State.

Also at the commissioning, the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sammya Nigeria Ltd, Engineer Adigun Sammy Oreoluwa, expressed readiness to always provide high quality and best road infrastructure for the government and people of Osun State in record time, as well as timely completion of the project as funds are made available.

It would be recalled that early this year, Governor Adeleke mobilized Sammya Construction Company back to site for the continuation of Osogbo/Ikirun/Ila Odo Kwara boundary road, which was started by Rauf Aregbesola administration in the last 12 years.

Governor Adeleke in his address at the commissioning to the people of the State said “today signifies another landmark in the annals of history of our dear state. This Government has been able to meet the yearnings and aspirations of her citizens for a good road linking Osogbo–Ikirun within her first 100days in office.”

According to him, “this road project commenced on 9th January, 2013 under the administration of former Governor Rauf Adesoji Aregbesola  with the First Phase from Old Garage to Osogbo Steel Rolling Company, which was commissioned on 19th November, 2018.”

Governor Adeleke noted that the immediate past Governor being a member of the same political party with his predecessor, paid a lip service to the project at the detriment of the entire populace of Osun State.

He stressed that “there is no gainsaying, my administration commenced about 100 days ago and I made a covenant with God and the people of Osun State that all the meaningful on-going projects embarked upon by the previous administration would not be abandoned, but would be completed in record time.”

Adeleke remarked that this event heralds a clear testimony of his covenant and further assured that another phase of the project will commence immediately.

He opined that he used this project as a proof to assure the entire people of Osun State about his administration’s commitment to the accelerated infrastructure development across the nooks and crannies of the State.

He stated that “It is no more news that my administration had commenced other twelve (12) road projects across the State, provision of borehole in all the 332 Wards across the State and renovation of all the hospitals across the State in the last 100days.”

The Governor also urged the road users within and outside Osun State to appreciate this laudable effort and advised the people to desist from any act capable of undermining road.

In conclusion, Adeleke implored the residents of the affected areas as well as the entirety of the citizenry of Osun State to come to the aid of the Government in protecting all infrastructure development against vandalization.

He remarked that It should also be noted that indiscriminate dumping of refuse on waterways is a very serious crime that the Government shall not take lightly.

In his remarks, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Sammya Nigeria Limited, Sammy Adigun said no one argues that Road transportation is a key backbone for economic development. It facilitates movement of goods and people. It promotes trades and economic activities. It brings logistics and connects people. It allows people to travel to work, school, markets, hospitals and perform other activities. Without a doubt, transportation helps reduce poverty and isolation. Without Road transportation, there would be no development.

He said:  “The Osogbo- Ikirun -Ila odo Road which we are commissioning today and which Sammya Nig Ltd is privileged to be the Contractor is a very, very important Arterial Road Infrastructure to Osun state. The Road connects the Northern and Southern parts of Nigeria and interconnects 3 states and about 6 Local Government Areas, several Towns and villages”.

“Today marks a major milestone in the development agenda of Osun State with the successful completion of the section 1 of this important road project.”

The Board of Directors, Management and Staff of Sammya Nigeria Ltd thanked the Governor particularly for his understanding and very high interest in providing immediate approvals and funding for the completion of this important Road between Osogbo and Ikirun, which we completed in 48 days.

He also thanked the management of the Federal Ministry of Works who are the original owners of this road and the Osun State Ministry of Works and Transportation who have been a great part of this successful project.

We also wish to thank all the former Governors for their immense contributions to this project.

Adigun equally assured the Governor and the people of Osun State that they are partners in progress and will put all our technical and financial resources to the successful of the completion of the section 2 of this contract which is Ikirun to Ilaodo. Ikirun to Ilaodo is a 20km dual carriageway, which we are ready to complete 100 per cent for the state in 18 months from today.

He noted that Section 3 of the project is the Dagbolu spur 1 to Alamisi market (10km); the road was planned as an economic road to serve a designated food economy zone and the Dagbolu Railway station, which was designated as a hub for produce buying and a transportation hub for food between Osun and the rest of Nigeria and Osun and Lagos in particular.

He urged to continue this project to Inisa -Okuku and to Ilaodo for the use of the good people of Osun and Nigerians in general for posterity.

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