By Ọba Stephen Adegboyega, member of GSM Advocates
Before Governor Seyi Makinde came on board in 2019, our complaints in Oyo State was that every elected State governors has always abandoned the unfinished projects of their predecessor. This is not far from the fact that every governor want to have his own foundations and legacy projects.
During past administrations, we’ve witness abandoned projects littered every nooks and crannies of Oyo State due to the negligence of the governors. This is not peculiar to Oyo state alone but to major States in Nigeria. Infact, some states even destroyed Infrastructures constructed with their IGR due to hatred or enviness of their predecessors.
This kind of bad behavior has been stopped and changed in Oyo State when His Excellency Engr. Seyi Makinde FNSE came on board and made a statement that non of his predecessor projects will be abandoned or destroyed but rather will complete them and rejuvenate new ones because they are being made or constructed from the IGR gained from the good people of Oyo state.
He also made a statement, that our roads linking zones will be constructed and while new ones will be opened either Federal roads or state or local because Oyo state belong to all of Us.
He set the motion when he ordered the reconstruction of the 65km Moniya-Ìjàyè-Ìṣẹyin. This is the major road that links Oke Ogun people to Ibadan. The road was in sorrow and pathetic condition before GSM came on board. Infact, the pathetic conditions of the road has paralysed many business along the axis most especially the farm produce from Oke Ogun. Before now, It usually take more than 6 hours to ply a road of just between 25-45mins to and from ìṣẹyin to Ibadan.
Reconstruction of this road has increased business activities of the people in the axis and has made movement of goods most especially farm produce to Ibadan without any worries or pains or agony or panic like before. Not only movement of farm produce but has also decongested Ìbàdàn and allowed for intra State flow of business.
GSM never stopped at that, he opened another fresh virgin road from Ogbomọsọ-Fapotẹ-Ìṣẹyin. Yes, this road was virgin. I mean GSM disvirgin this road and open economy and brotherly relationship between the two ancient town.
Ọ̀yọ́-Ìṣẹyin road will be commissioned in days, this road was a subject of discussions for many years Infact ahead of 2015 and 2019 general election, a senator from Oyo State during electioneering said the road will be constructed. A House of Representative from Ọ̀yọ́ Aláàfin also said same but nothing was done until GSM took the bold steps. Today, dead business activities in the axis are rising again.
Ibarapa people are also not neglected as reconstruction of ibadan-Eruwa has kicked off recently. This will also reconnect our people in Ibadan and Ibarapa together again more than before. It will reduce traveling hours, pains and agony on the road.