Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Ogun State has pledged his commitment to the completion of all pending projects embarked on by his administration before the end of his tenure.
Aregbesola, who spoke in Osogbo, Osun State capital at the opening of a new privately-owned radio station, Rave FM, also stated that he was not bothered by politicians “fabricating lies over the state of finance of Osun State.”
The governor said at the event that all “detractors and opposition will soon come to appreciate his administration when all projects embarked on are completed before the end of his tenure in office.”
He acknowledged that things were financially tough for the state, he said help was on the way for the state.
According to him, the Gbongan-Akoda Road project and others in the state would commence before the first quarter of 2016 and that no project would be abandoned by his administration at the end of its tenure.
Aregbesola said, “I will not be disturbed by bad comments from some people about my policies because I believe in God who sent me to Osun and supports me.
“What we are doing in Osun may not be appreciated now, but it will become what people will praise later; we came here and all we have been doing has been inspired by God.”
He described the exaggeration of the debt profile of the state by some parties as shameful, saying, “If we borrowed N800bn, like some people said, how could we have been able to pay the loan interest? How could we have survived? Though we took loan, and that is the only way we could have brought development to the state; as tough as it is, God and His help is on the way and Osun shall overcome.”
The governor had on Friday inaugurated the reconstruction of Olaiya-Junction-Asubiaro-Ita Olokan Road in Osogbo, the state capital.
He said the 2.8 kilometer road project was awarded to Messrs RATCON Construction Company Limited for N985m, adding that the state government would pay N392m as compensation to those whose buildings would be affected by the road construction.
According to Aregbesola, the project will be financed from the money saved in a special purse by his administration.
He said he had written to the House of Assembly for permission to spend the money on the project, saying he believed God would supply the remaining fund to execute the project.
While assuring that the project would be completed in six months time, the governor boasted that since the creation of the state, no governor had worked for the development of the state than his administration.
He said his administration would compensate The Apostolic Church whose building, he said would be demolished to accommodate the road project.
The governor praised the Church for willingly agreeing that the property should be pulled down for the project.