How Ibadan–Iwo–Osogbo Road Will Benefit Oyo, Osun People — Oyo Works Commissioner

The Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Professor Dahud Sangodoyin, has on Monday highlighted the ways by which the joint reconstruction of the Iwo Road–Osogbo Road by Oyo and Osun governments, will benefit the people.

Sangodoyin, who revealed this in an interview with WALE AKINSELURE of Nigerian Tribune, stated that the reconstruction will foster the integration of Oyo and Osun States, adding that doors of opportunities will open for businesses to spring up.

While stating that the reconstruction will be a part of the administration’s legacy, the commissioner said that once the road is completed, Osogbo to Ibadan will be less than two hours.

In his words: “It is amazing that what we are doing on that road is going to be part of our legacy. The road is divided into three: Section A is from Iwo Road interchange to Olodo Bridge, which is 7.7 kilometers; section B is the dualisation of the place after the ridge to Ogunmeranko, which is about 500meters; from Ogunmeranko, we are doing reconstruction and expansion of that road to Odo-Oba, which is 27.33 kilometers.

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“In all, the road is 35.6kilometres. We are going to work on the additional expansion of the bridge, which is chaotic during the peak period. We are expanding the Olodo bridge, which will be 24 by 12 so that more vehicles will be accommodated on the bridge. We are also going to do some replacements of the cross culvert before that bridge; we will change it to 6 by 4 which will accommodate the flow of water. The only arrangement we had with Osun was for us to complete that stretch from Osogbo to Iwo Road interchange such that the following values will be added to it.

“The first is the integration of Oyo State and Osun State which is necessary, as we are both from Oduduwa and we do trade before. My forefathers had businesses in Iwo. And the road is not passable, presently. Second, the reconstruction will improve security on the road. The place, presently, is so bad that you find so many atrocities perpetrated by the people of the underworld. Third, it will enable the Osun people to travel to anywhere in the world using our international airport. Once the road is done, Osogbo to Ibadan will be less than two hours.

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“Remember we are working on the Airport road dualisation. Lastly, it will open doors of opportunities for businesses to spring up around that axis. In the next few days, we will start work on that road”, he added.

In the meantime, when asked how the government handled the infrastructural projects inherited from the previous administration, Sangodoyin said that Governor ‘Seyi Makinde re–awarded some of the uncompleted projects to ensure that the people enjoy the ease of doing business.

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“Saki Township Road, Idi Ape-Akobo Barracks Road, and Agodi-Onipepeye-Adegbayi Road were all re-awarded. The Agodi-Onipepeye-Adegbayi road project was re-awarded because the contractor failed to show any performance. The project was to be completed in 12 months but for about six years, nothing was done. We are making progress on that and it will be commissioned soon; the same thing with Challenge-Odo Ona-Elewe-Apata Road. Ido-Eruwa Road was also like that; they awarded it, and they gave out the money but nothing to show for it.

“So, we are in the process of starting all over on that road. Once we know that a road will impact the economy of the state positively, and our people will also enjoy ease of doing business, socially. His Excellency keys into it. We have completed some, some have been re-awarded and we are working on others”, he stated.


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