Minister of State for the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Chief (Mrs) Olajumoke Akinjide, has reiterated her commitment to ensuring the creation of Ibadan State anytime new states are to be created in the country.
Akinjide spoke in Ibadan on Saturday, shortly after she was decorated alongside Senator Olufemi Lanlehin; Mr Seyi Makinde and others, with a merit award of excellence by the Olubadan of Ibadanland, Oba (Dr) Samuel Odulana, through the Central Council of Ibadan Indigenes (CCII).
She said Ibadan deserved to be given a full-fledged state as one of the regions that were created since the colonial era but were yet to become full states, assuring the people of the state of her commitment to pursuing the clamour on the national scene.
The minister also disclosed that the Federal Government would soon begin the dualisation of Akaran-Ijebu Igbo Road, an interstate road that traverses Oyo and Ogun states, when the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Highway is completed.
She commended the Federal Government for its impact that was being felt in Oyo State through a number of projects ongoing and forthcoming, particularly the privatisation of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, adding that a better future awaited the people of the state in President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
“The people of Ibadan should be ready to invest in Ibadan because the Federal Government has provided the enabling environment and infrastructure as it is done in great cities of the world, it is left for the state government to be investors-friendly and to attract investors.
Asked what the award meant to her, she said “as you can see, I am very delighted to be recognized by my own people and in my own native city. So, I feel elated and encouraged because such recognition as this gives me more fuel to do more in service to humanity.”
Source: NIGERIAN TRIBUNE