The Oyo State Governor, ‘Seyi Makinde has announced the approval of the reconstruction of the 48- kilometre Ido-Eruwa Road, during the commissioning exercise of the first cassava-based sorbitol factory in Africa.
The factory commissioned in Ado- Awaye, Iseyin Local Government yesterday, is owned by Paltry International Co. Ltd.
Makinde at the event also reiterated that his administration will continue to prioritise the safety and security of lives and property, while also providing enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that building infrastructure needed for businesses to thrive is a top function that governments must continue to undertake.
He added that apart from the planned reconstruction of Ido-Eruwa Road, the state government will also embark on the rehabilitation of feeder roads across the state, which the deputy governor has been assigned to oversee.
Governor Makinde also disclosed how the state has attracted over N23 billion in agribusiness investment and about $125m in development partners-blended finances for rural roads, agro-logistics, markets and industrial hubs in investment in the past three years, due to modern Oyo State vision driven during his administration.
He partly said: “…We are constructing the 76.76km Ogbomoso-Fapote-Iseyin road. So, the catchment area for Psaltery is not just around Iseyin, Ado-Awaye and Ibarapa axis, you can go to other parts of Oke-Ogun and also get to Oyo zone.
“You can also connect to Ogbomoso zone. All the zones of Oyo State are connected with the hub now being Iseyin.
“Well, we will not stop here. The speaker has been on my case for the Ido-Eruwa road.
“I am making the promise to you again that we will soon start reconstructing the 48km Ido-Eruwa road, because all of these will reduce travel time, which is essential to agribusiness success”, he added.
The governor maintained that the administration will shift its focus to rehabilitating feeder roads so that the people of the state would have ease of movement within the cities, towns and communities and across the state.
“Our next focus is to rehabilitate the feeder roads across the state under the RAAMP.
“Although we paid to access the counterpart funds in 2019 as soon as this administration came in, we have just received funds few months ago from the World Bank.
“So far, we have sent 3,000 youths to an integrated farm in Nasarawa State. Today, we can confidently say that agribusiness is taking hold in Oyo State.
“My request is, some of those youths we have trained should be accommodated here (Cassava-Sorbitol Factory) and we will support you to settle them in. You can sleep here with your two eyes closed if you are sure this place is safe and secure.
“And as a government, we will continue to prioritise the safety and security of all the citizens and residents of Oyo State. If you are doing what you are not supposed to be doing, we will remove you from this state.
“So, the last request was that you want pipe water from Eruwa dam to this place. This is one of the pet projects of Mr. Speaker, and he has been putting pressure on me to reactivate the Dam. So, we will look at it and I will say that you should consider it done,” the governor assured.