Oyo Governor approves eight road projects for rehabilitation

By Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

From right, Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde; Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Prof Oyelowo Oyewo; Secretary to the State Government, Mrs Olubamiwo Adeosun; Commissioner for Works, Prof Raphael Afonja and Executive Director, ENL Consortium LTD, Dr Kemi George during the governor inspection of Ibadan circular road along Lagos-Ibadan bye pass.

The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved for immediate rehabilitation and reconstruction, a total of eight road projects in various zones.

The State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja made this known on Friday.

Afonja said that infrastructural development remained a key focus of the Seyi Makinde-led administration.

Attention to Road
A statement made available on Friday by the Commissioner quotes the Governor as saying that his administration was prepared to ensure the uplift of infrastructure in the State, that the Government would ensure that adequate attention was given to road infrastructure that target the economic expansion drive of the State.

The statement indicates that the decision of Governor Makinde to devote a large chunk of the 2020 Budget (23.93 percent) to the sector was as informed by his determination to ensure infrastructural growth in the State.

It reinstated the decision of the administration to institute a culture of quality road construction in the State, adding that the Government was ready to build roads that would stand the test of time.

20 Year Plan
According to the statement, the present administration in Oyo State has a 20-year plan for road sustainability in the State.

The statement reads in part: “Governor Seyi Makinde has also given approval for the reconstruction of failed hydraulic structures in different geographical zones across the State.”

“Some of our major roads within the State have been disconnected and this is occasioned by the collapse and dilapidation of the hydraulic structures (bridges and culverts) on these roads during the last rainy season,” it says.

The statement adds that engineers from the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure had visited the locations of the affected hydraulic structures, while necessary appraisal reports had been submitted.

Afonja said, “The carefully selected roads from the various zones of the State, which were  approved by His Excellency for rehabilitation and reconstruction include the following: 

  1. Airport -Ajia-New Ife Express way with spur to Amuloko (21KM)
  2. Apete-Awotan-Akufo junction road (12.0KM)
  3. Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho (44.70Km)
  4. Reconstruction of Under G-Stadium-LAUTECH Gate Road, Ogbomoso (3.0KM)
  5. Takie-FGGC Road, Ogbomoso (2.5KM)
  6. Reconstruction of Isaba-Ogundoyin Road, Eruwa (2.50KM)
  7. Rehabilitation of Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Asipa Road, Oyo (5.20KM)
  8. Akingbile-Lagbeja-Ajibode road (3.0KM).”


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