Makinde answers critics, awards road contract in Ogbomoso, work to begin next week

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The Governor Oluseyi Makinde-led admnistration in Oyo state has seemingly answered its critics in Ogbomoso with the approval of the contract for the construction of the 76.7km Iseyin/Fapote/Ogbomoso road.
The road project which is to cost N43.1billion is awarded to two different contractors – Messrs Kopek Construction Ltd and Messrs Kremborg Construction Ltd.
The project slated to last 13 months is to commence immediately as release of funds for the project is to begin next week.
This was disclosed today after the State’s Executive Council meeting by the Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Daud Sangodoyin, while briefing journalists.
The Commissioner informed: “Today, at the 14th meeting of the Executive Council of Oyo State, we approved the award of the construction of Iseyin/Fapote/Ogbomoso Road, which is 76.7kilometres.
“The road is split into two simply because we want the road to be completed on time and to have quality construction. We also want it to be completed within 13 months.
“The first half is from Iseyin, where we have the Ansarudeen Mosque at Atori junction to Apinwo village, which is about 38.1kms.
“The other half is from Apinwo village to Randa Ogbomoso, which is about 38.7km. These two roads have two bridges, one each. The one on the Iseyin to Apinwo Road is 65 metres span, while the other one at Apinwo/ Randa axis is about 45 metres span with an underpass at the end of the Ogbomoso side.
“The total value for the road is about N43.1b. The first half is N20b while the other is N23.1b.
“The commencement of the process is immediate because the government is going to give an advance payment of thirty per cent to the contractors.
“In January, we will also advance them another 20 per cent so that they must have done almost 75 per cent of the job before they can request for any other payment from the government.
“We are also trying to expedite the work during the dry season so that before we get to June/July, the substantial part of the work would have been done.
“The first part of the road is awarded to Messrs KOPEK Construction and the second part is awarded to Messrs Kremborg construction Ltd. These two contractors will be mobilised next week and hit the ground running on the job.”
It is recalled many have noted that the governor neglected Ogbomoso in terms of infrastructural development pointing out most road construction projects are awarded for Ibadan metropolis.
Critics are quick to point out that only 3kms of road had so far been constructed in Ogbomoso, averring this is abysmally inadequate.
“While l commend the governor for the gesture l beseech him to address the dilapidated intra-city and inter-council roads in Ogbomoso,’ a commentator said while speaking on the development this evening.


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