Ajimobi Frustrated My Plan of Constructing Road to My Village in 2014 – Makinde
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Oyo governor, Seyi Makinde, says he planned to single-handedly construct a road to Ajia, his village in Ibadan in 2014, but for the former governor Abiola Ajimobi that frustrated his plan.
According to him, the paperwork had been completed and the budget had been drawn, but the then administration did not give approval for the construction of about three-kilometre road that would have linked Ajia village with Ibadan-Ife Road.
In his address during a reception organised for him by the Ajia and Its Environs Descendants’ Union held at Cocoa Culture, Ajia, Ibadan at the weekend, the governor explained that the time he wanted to do the road construction in conjunction with another illustrious son of Ajia, Pa Theophilus Akinyele, who is a retired head of service in Oyo State, was about the same time the popular Aleshinloye Market got burnt in Ibadan in 2014 and it was discovered that the fire service station in the market could not respond to the inferno because of lack of water.
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Makinde revealed that he decided to construct a borehole for the fire service station in order to ensure that the fire fighters have access to water to adequately respond to such disaster in the future. According to him, the water project had reached almost the finishing stage when some sponsored hoodlums stormed the fire service station, vandalised the borehole drilling equipment and brought stones, which they used to fill up the borehole.
This he said he did in order to avoid what happened to the drilling equipment at Aleshinloye to happen to construction equipment that would have been used to construct the road to Ajia, hence the reason the road construction could not be done since then.
He, however, promised that his administration would commence work on the construction immediately the dry season begins.
“But today, as God lives, and the support of majority of people of this state, we are in government today. The road we wanted to construct, will be constructed,” he said.
“I have started talking with the Federal Airport Authority of Nigeria (FAAN). They have given us their conditions to upgrade Ibadan Airport to a facility where bigger aircraft would be landing and taking off. This means, all the communities around the airport will increase in value because cargo business will start in the airport soon, and horticultural ouputs will also be airlifted from Ibadan Airport.”
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“We will do it in such a way that people that are coming from Osun, Ekiti, and Ondo States would not have to go to Lagos to board aircraft. This will be an opportunity for us.”