Gov. Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has commended the Federal Government over inauguration of the Lagos-Ibadan fast rail project.
The governor while speaking with newsmen in Ibadan on Wednesday, described it as the “best thing that happened to the state’’.
Ajimobi said the state gain more from the project as it would open it to a new vista of development.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had on Tuesday inaugurated the rail project at Yaba, Lagos.
The governor said that the project would boost the earning capacity of the government and the people.
According to him, agriculture will receive a boost as the rail transport will be cheaper for farmers to get their produce to the market.
“This project will create employment opportunities for our youths and skilled workers both during and after the execution of the project.
“Also, the cost of maintaining our roads would reduce drastically as the traffic of long lorries that cause road dilapidation would also be reduced on our roads,’’ he said.
Ajimobi added that the state would have enough resources to create and maintain other social services.
Similarly, some indigenes of the state also commended the Federal Government for inaugurating the rail project.
The indigenes, who spoke in separate interviews with NAN, noted that the road would enhance economic development of the state and the nation in general.
Mr Akinyemi Akinlabi, a former Chairman of Ibarapa Central Local Government in the state, said the project was a demonstration that the Federal Government was committed to economic emancipation.