Ex-Oyo Commissioner lauds Makinde’s road network initiative

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A former Commissioner for Works and Transport in Oyo State, Prof. Abdulrahman Afonja (PARA), has commended Governor Seyi Makinde for his laudable initiative on road network in the State.

He stated that over 275km has been rehabilitated, reconstructed or constructed by the Governor.

Speaking during the three-day Harvest of IDEAS 24 summit organised by the Young Surveyors Network Oyo state branch, Afonja pointed out several roads have contributed to economic growth of the State, including the Iseyin-Ogbomoso road, the Ibadan-Iseyin road, the Moniya – Iseyin road, the Ido-Er”,wa road, the Oyo – Iseyin road, the Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road and the circular road project. 

He said these roads have contributed immensely to the economy of the State, describing it as a legacy someone like him would like to accomplish in future. 

Speaking on the theme: “Beyond boundaries: Geospatial solutions for global challenges,” Afonja, who is the chairman of the occasion, noted the outstanding accomplishments of the current administration could not have been achieved without professional input of Oyo state surveyors. 

He said: “Your profession is beyond surveying for roads and land projects. Your profession is vital and overlaps with many fields of study, from Engineering to Environmental to Buildings. An excellent example of your field’s contribution to humanity is using GIS. A Case study is the flooding issue in Oyo state.”

“It’s essential that Oyo state continuously identifies flood-prone areas using a GIS-based model to plan for disaster mitigation and preparedness using waterways. 

“GIS is a tool to gather information, including hazard, vulnerability, financial losses, the risk of life, prevention, and control of dangerous floods. 

“Frequency analysis of Gauge flow data at a given location or using an event-based rainfall run-off model using tools such as the rational or unit hydrograph method. The use of GIS tools for extrapolation is also a good example that speaks to the importance of your field.”

While encouraging young surveyors to keep contributing significantly to the State’s development, the Ogbomoso-born PDP chieftain stated that it is their responsibility as a professional group to speak out against any government projects that are wrong. 

“As you are out there as professional, please make sure that you engage government and always give them feedback on whatever you feel is not right as well as providing the government necessary informations to further help the state. 

“You must always remember that Oyo state is owned by all of us. And as such, it’s your duty to always support the Governor and make sure he succeed.

“I hope to have the opportunity to assist in the state’s development in the near future as well. Additionally, ensure that nothing is lagging behind but rather step up to continue on the Governor’s good path towards the development of the state,” Afonja added. 

Highlights of the event include donation of N1m from Afonja to support the young surveyors and their conference.

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