The Osun State Government says the ongoing emergency repairs of 25 roads, spanning over 200 kilometres across the state, will boost development and welfare of the citizens.
The Special Adviser to Gov. Gboyega Oyetola on Works and Transport, Hussein Olaniyan, at a news conference on Thursday in Osogbo, debunked certain insinuations that government was fixing the roads as “an election bait”.
Olaniyan, who described the Oyetola-administration as “responsible and responsive”, said that the government could not afford to leave its people to continue to suffer untold hardship as a result of bad roads.
He appealed to residents of the state to cooperate with the government in efforts towards ensuring the prompt completion of the projects before the rainy season.
Olaniyan said: “There has been questions about our motivation for doing a number of roads when election is just a few months away.
“Let us put the records straight that from the first day, we have been doing a lot and we will continue to do so till our last day in office.”
He said that the road maintenance works would cut across five zones; Ife, Ilesa, Osogbo, Ikirun and Iwo.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr Remi Omowaye, said that the state government would continue to embark on infrastructural development of the state.
Omowaye said: “The infrastructural deficit across the country is huge. When we came in, there was no single township road that was in good shape in Osun West.
“Today, we have fixed a number of roads in that district, including the Gbongan township road and the 25-kilometre Ara Junction-to-Ejigbo road.
“Others are Kuta township road, Oke-Gada as well as Ede roads and many more, just as we will continue to do more.
“We thank the citizens for keeping faith with us. This was a state that people didn’t believe could pay full salaries.
“But today, we are not only paying full salaries and have also implemented the new national minimum wage.”