Non-completion of Ibadan-Ogbomoso-Ilorin road 23 years after, Senator laments
Senator representing Oyo Central in the National Assembly, Dr. Yunus Abiodun Akintunde has lamented the non-completion of the Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomoso-Ilorin road, saying as important as the road is the project is still under construction 23 years after.
The senator said this when he paid homage to the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Lekan Balogun and sought the support and cooperation he would be requesting from time to time to ensure that both his senatorial district and the state at large benefit immensely from the current administration.
He also pointed out that the road leading to Akure in Ondo State from Ibadan had been under construction for the past 15 years.
The Oyo Alaafin-born Senator Akintunde said he purposely came to the palace to seek for Olubadan’s blessings being a father and his political mentor, recalling that he was among those pasting posters for the monarch in 1999 when he (Oba) contested for the same seat he presently occupies in the Senate.
Akintunde, who hailed the numerous contributions made by Oba Balogun while in the Red Chamber with particular reference to the Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomiso-Ilorin dual carriageway among others which was begun in Year 2000.
“The road needs special intervention and it is our desire to move the project from capital project to Special Intervention Fund, a status currently enjoyed by the Ibadan-Oyo-Ogbomoso-Ilorin road,’’ he said.
The Olubadan who spoke through the Ekerin Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba Hamidu Ajibade promised to support whatever efforts the recently inaugurated senator put up for the benefits of the senatorial district and in the overall interest of the people of Oyo State would always receive his blessings.
Oba Balogun described Senator Akintunde as a dependable and reliable politician that could be trusted with any position going by the father-son relationship that had existed between them over the years.
“Our Distinguished Senator is destined to go places because he loves giving and is full of compassion. Whatever position he is given, the people will enjoy him”, the monarch added.