By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Abiola Ajimobi on Tuesday said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is presently building a better Nigeria.
The governor said this while speaking at the signing of agreement between the Oyo State Government and the Federal Government on the proposed $99,665,626 (N35.9bn) Ibadan Inland Dry Port,
He disclosed that part of the efforts by the present administration in the country at building a better Nigeria was the construction of the light rail to ease transportation of goods and passengers across the nation.
He maintained that contrary to the fear that the usage of the dry port would cause traffic gridlock,
Ibadan would rather experience a gridlock of progress and immense growth of commerce.
The governor assured that the dry port would improve economic growth, job opportunities and improve the standard of living of the state in general.
Speaking, the Transport Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi charged the incoming administration in Oyo state to open up the adjoining roads around the proposed Dry Port.
“Containers and imported goods will now be transported to Ibadan and the rest of the country through the light rail and this will aggravate commercial activities at the Inland Dry Port end until there is continuation of the rail project towards the Ibadan-Kano corridor. So, I will advise that the incumbent and the incoming governor to work together and open up roads around the Ibadan Inland Dry Port to avert a transfer of the stress of Apapa expressway to Ibadan.” he said.
The Minister pointed out that transportation of containers and commercial goods through the Ibadan rail to the proposed inland dry port would be expected to ease the perennial gridlock on the Apapa end of the expressway and that this will lessen the burden on the Apapa Seaport, which is currently the largest and busiest seaport in the country, housing several ports and terminals.
The Minister while expressing appreciation to Governor Ajimobi for making the dream of Ibadan Inland Dry Port a reality by providing the land and facilitating necessary logistics for the project lauded the governor’s visible impact on the landscape and governance of Oyo State, which his sworn critics never failed to acknowledge.
“You are concluding your second term on a very strong note of performance and unequal pacesetting. Not all governors finished this way. Most of your detractors even acknowledged the fact that you have done so much in infrastructural facilities and other areas where you have touched lives. History will judge you well. For me, I don’t think of what people talk about me. I only care about how I do what I do. You have journeyed well and I congratulate you and your family for your success.” he said.
The agreement was later signed by the Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi on behalf of the state, while the Transport Minister, Mr Rotimi Amaechi, signed on behalf of the FG at a brief ceremony, at the governor’s office, Ibadan.