Oyo state governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, yesterday inaugurated three landmark projects executed by his administration in Ibadan.
The projects include a flyover bridge constructed at Mokola axis of Ibadan to ease the traffic that used to characterize the area, an ultra-modern motor park at Podo with the capacity of accommodating 60 luxury buses and 311 mini buses. The third project was a neighbourhood business complex at Scout Camp, Challenge, Ibadan made up of 760 open stalls, 384 lock-up shops, two blocks of warehouses, administrative building among other conveniences.
Speaking at the inauguration of the Mokola Flyover Bridge, former Governor of Lagos State and National Leader of Action Congress of Nigeria Asiwaju Bola Tinubu commended Governor Ajimobi whom he described as an actualizer, performer and extra-ordinary leader in Oyo State for making such giant strides.
The former Lagos State governor told the people of the state that all the projects being inaugurated, as well as those already executed and inaugurated, were just tips of the iceberg, assuring that more good things would still come.
He lamented over those who he said had had the opportunity of presiding over the affairs of the state but failed woefully, but who were now forming “an unholy alliance”, saying that their alliance would fail as the people of the state were now wiser and could read between the lines.
Governor Ajimobi, in his address, said the bridge was a dream come true and a historical mileage in the state.
His words: “I remember that on Thursday, December 22, 2011, when we flagged off the construction of this fly-over bridge, we provoked the unbelief and disdain of cynics and political opposition. To them, the construction of the bridge was akin to building the biblical Towers of Babel, with its impossible tendencies.
“Even when the bridge was being constructed, we became the butt of jokes of the opposition who, either out of mischief, naivety or their well-known cynicism, mocked the absence of an erect bridge, months after its flag-off. Unknown to them, the essential components of the bridge, being mostly pre-fabricated, were undergoing construction in the company’s yard. Now that the bridge has been completed, they have shifted their mischief to the cost of the project, choosing to ignore the comprehensive features of the project which among others include the upgrading of 1.2km long service roads and intersections, beautification of roundabout and space under the flyover, construction of new water mains, street lighting and the payment of compensation to the numerous property owners whose properties in this commercial centre of the city were affected,” the governor said.
The inauguration was graced by dignitaries including: National Chairman of ACN, Chief Bisi Akande, Governors Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun), Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, while the Lagos State governor, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola was represented by his deputy, Mrs. Adejoke Oorelope Adefulire.
Others are: the Aare Musulumi of Yorubaland, Alhaji Abdul-Azeez Arisekola Alao, the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi, Chief Kola Daisi, the Chief Judge of Oyo State, Justice Badejoko Adeniji, the Speaker of the state House of Assembly, Mrs. Monsurat Sunmonu.