Work Begins on Agbowo Shopping Complex Soon – Governor Makinde

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Oyo State governor Engineer Seyi Makinde has disclosed that work will soon begin on Agbowo Shopping Complex,Ibadan noting that the project remains part of his administration’s agenda to resuscitate the state’s assets.

Governor Makinde stated this while unveiling the billboard commemorating the UI @ 75 anniversary on the University Campus.

He said the contractor of the project would move to site in the next few weeks, just as he promised to carry out the Junction Improvement of the University of Ibadan Main Gate with a pedestrian bridge to link Agbowo axis.

The governor solicited for continuous support and cooperation of the University of Ibadan community, urging it to be patient, as according to him, the disruption of free flow of traffic will be inevitable once the projects start.

Governor Makinde while congratulating the school management in achieving milestones, noted that the University of Ibadan was renowned as the intellectual capital of not just Nigeria but the African continent and had produced intelligent personalities beyond the shores of the country.

He, however, charged the management of the University to begin the process of regaining its position as the intellectual capital of the continent by resetting the buttons.

Speaking further, the governor said he deliberately appointed University of Ibadan products into different positions in order to harness the opportunities of sound training provided by the University and unleash them into the governance environment.

He said: “It is an honour for me to be here this afternoon for the unveiling of the University of Ibadan @ 75 anniversary billboard.

“So, what we have done in Oyo State and under this administration, is to look at the lions at our backyard and to unleash them in our environment, and so far so good, it has been working very well.

“Whatever we can do as an administration towards making UI the intellectual capital in the continent, I will be your partner.”

He continued: “The project that the Oyo State government is carrying out, which is the junction improvement at UI will be expanded and we would put a pedestrian bridge so that when students are passing, they don’t have to get knocked down again, that would enhance the refurbishment of the Agbowo Shopping Complex.

“It is a life project, it would happen and you will see the contractor on site within a few weeks. I don’t think it would be more than four weeks, but they must get to that site and this time next year, it would be a typically different story.

“I wanted to make that point and also to solicit for the cooperation of the University Community, because when you are carrying out construction activities, it would disrupt the free flow of traffic. But it’s just for a period of time, at the end of that period, it is something that you all would be proud of.”

Earlier in his welcome address, the Chairman of the UI @ 75 anniversary committee, Professor Peter Olapegba, described the governor as a true partner in progress.

He thanked him for being a wonderful host as demonstrated through positive disposition and significant benefaction to the University of Ibadan.

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