Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Friday said he will not stop going to the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock no matter what anyone says. Apparently reacting to speculations about his recent constant visit to the Villa, Makinde wondered where he should have gone when he knows where he could get refund for Federal Government projects carried on by the state government.
Makinde spoke at the flag off of the dualisation of 8.3km Akobo, Ojurin/Odogbo Barracks, Olorunda Abas Junction. The road which was awarded for N9.6billion is to be funded by Lagelu local government. The governor also named the entire 15.5km stretch from Idi-Ape Junction to Olorunda Abaa after the former Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike.
The ceremony was attended by government functionaries, traditional rulers, community leaders, party faithful, among others. Makinde said “As I go to Abuja to see the President, I know some people have been saying that since the inauguration of the new President, I have gone to Aso Rock about four times within a week.
“Where do you want me to go? Is it Yola you want me to go? Well, I will continue to go to where they will be able to refund Oyo state the monies we have spent on Federal Roads. So, I will continue to go to Aso Rock to plead for a refund. So, Mr. Chairman of Lagelu local government, as soon as I collect my refund from the Federal Government, you too come and meet me to have your refund.”
Justifying the dualisation of the road, Makinde said he would have just tarred the single lane but had to consider the volume of people within the Olorunda Abaa axis and its environs, noting that the need for dualisation will come up in another three to four years, hence his decision to dualise once and for all. He charged the residents to pay their tax on time and into the right account so that government will have more resources to work with.
He also explained the measures taken by his government to tackle the challenges of the subsidy removal. He assured the residents whose property will be affected of prompt payment of compensation urging the people to cooperate with the contractors handling the project.
On the issue of light up project, Makinde said “Let me also use this opportunity to update you on the light up Oyo project. This project is one of the ways we are ensuring economic security for our people because when the lights are on, our people are able to stay out longer and carry out more economic activities.” Various speakers said the road is an answer to years of yearning and aspiration of the residents for many years.