President Muhammed Buhari has reaffirmed the resolve of the Federal Government to continue to invest heavily in the provision of infrastructure, announced that his administration has expended more on the provision of railway services, rehabilitation and construction of roads and bridges.
He disclosed this during a working visit to Ondo State on Tuesday for the inauguration of Ore Interchange Flyover on the Shagamu–Ore–Benin Expressway and commission the Ondo-Linyi industrial hub.
He said, “we are confronting the infrastructure deficit head on. At the inception of our administration, we were faced with decayed infrastructure on our road network and railways, because of long years of neglect and lack of investment. However, our administration, as a result of our commitment to bridge this deficit, decided to source funds and address the issue. ”Let me commend the collaborative efforts between the Federal Government and Ondo State Government in respect of this project.
I commend this type of collaboration between the Federal Government and other State Governments. No one tier of government can on its own achieve the overall development of our dear country, ” he said. He recalled that the re-designing and construction of the road to accommodate Interchange Flyover was overdue as a result of the growing population in Ore.
“During the civil war and during my campaigns since 2002, I have become familiar with the terrain of Ore which is a connecting city between the Southwest and the Eastern parts of our country. ”As a result of this, the city has a cosmopolitan population that is in the neighbourhood of 300,000. ”This is a city that can be described as a mini-Nigeria as almost all ethnic groups of our country are happily represented here. ”Let me commend Governor Akeredolu and his team for their great efforts and professionalism in putting this project in place.
This project is executed in line with the spirit and drive of the Federal Government which puts great emphasis on infrastructural development across our country, especially in the area of transportation, ” he said. Earlier, the President while commissioning Industrial hub congratulated the Government and people of Ondo State on the remarkable achievement.
“I am impressed with what is on ground here and anticipate on the positive impact this will have on the people of this State”. The Nigerian leader also commended the Chinese investors who saw Nigeria and Ondo State in particular as a viable investment destination.
”I want to assure you of our continued support, both at the Federal and State level, as we move forward to the next phase of this project’s lifecycle. May I also thank our traditional rulers and host community for their tolerance, understanding and support. ”I ask you all to sustain this cooperation and collaborative effort to ensure this investment expands and succeeds, ” he said.