Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has urged the Minister of Transportation-designate, Gboyega Oyetola to prioritize the state’s need for rail transportation with a view to linking it to the national line.
In a congratulatory statement issued by the Governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed on Thursday in Osogbo, the governor stressed the need for collaboration between the state and the office of the Minister to endear development to the state.
“I congratulated my brother, Mr Oyetola. We rejoice with him. and his family on this new national assignment. As I have always extended hands of fellowship to him, I am doing the same now as we have people to support and develop.
“Aside from offering our support to Mr. Oyetola during the ministerial screening exercise, I am doing the same now by offering our prayers for a successful tenure. I call for a developmental partnership between the state and the Federal Government.
“I am also directing the Commissioner for Transport to draw up a plan for the rehabilitation of the railway track from Ibadan end to Osun border with Kwara state. We hope to ensure the track is in good shape as the railway is now under a concurrent legislative list.
“We plan for a railroad link to the national track line in the near future. Such a short railroad may originate from Ijeshaland to link the national line. Another from each of the two senatorial districts, serving the agricultural haulage with connection to our oncoming cargo airport.
“My team is also tinkering with the idea of a circular metro railway cycling Osun state. This will be strictly private-sector driven. The idea is to transform Osun into a deeply economically connected state.
“I invite the new Transportation minister to join this big dream of mine, especially as the railway is under his portfolio. Osun is ready for partnership”.