….says Old Ife/Airport/Sawmill Road Will Be Completed In October
Engr. Seyi Makinde of Oyo state has declared that his administration will deliver the first 32-kilometre stretch which is the first phase of the Ibadan Circular Road before the termination of his tenure in 2023.
The governor who stated this during a tour of the project disclosed that his administration had to sack the contractor inherited from the previous administration due to his lackadaisical attitude towards the work.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, the governor, however, promised to pay the sacked contractor for evaluated work done.
As at the time the governor made the on-the-spot assessment, according to Adisa, only two kilometres of the 32-kilometre road had been tarred at the level of wearing cost by ENL Consortium Construction company.
“We have terminated the initial arrangement. This is the road that we think will change the economy of Oyo State substantially but the previous contractor, if we had continued with their pace, maybe they may finish in another 20 years”, the governor said.
Makinde noted that the government has been asking the contractor to do joint valuation because his administration does not want to destroy anyone’s business, adding that the government will ensure that the contractor is reimbursed when the evaluation is completed.
“We have terminated the initial arrangement. This is the road that we think will change the economy of Oyo State substantially but the previous contractor, if we had continued with their pace, maybe they may finish in another 20 years”, the Governor said.
“Now, we are asking them to do a joint valuation because we are not here to destroy anyone’s business. Of course, money has been spent and we have to ensure that whatever has been put into this, we will reimburse the previous contractor,” he added
“So, we have an appreciation of what we need to do to ensure that this kicks off almost immediately and then it can meet our target.”
Akinde added that all efforts are in place to make sure the road project is completed before the next guber election and also concessioned with the active participation of the government of the state.
“This 32km portion must be delivered within this first tenure of this administration. We are still going to concession it because the previous administration left it 100 per cent to the concessionaire, which we thought was a mistake.
We definitely will have some form of involvement of the Oyo State Government with a new concessionaire. We will ta ake certain percentage for Oyo State Government and, that way, the government is carried along every step of the way”.
While speaking on the Old Ife/Airport/Sawmill Road, the Governor said the contractor has just revised his schedule and that the job will be completed in October 2021.
The Governor, subsequently, declared that his administration will be proactive at pushing contractors to deliver on the set date for all infrastructural projects scattered in the state.
“They (the contractors) just revised their schedule and that job should be completed and delivered by October of this year. So, we will stay on their back and ensure it is delivered as scheduled”, he added.
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