Oyo Government Awards 76.7km Iseyin-Ogbomosho road for N43.1bn
Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan
The Oyo State Government, has awarded the contract for the construction of the 76.7km Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomosho road for N43.1billion.
The contract award was approved at the 14th State Executive Council meeting which was held at the Executive Council Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Agodi Secretariat, Ibadan and presided over by Governor Seyi Makinde.
Briefing the press after the meeting, the State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Professor Dahud Sangodoyin, who was accompanied by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun, said the project would be executed through direct payment by the government and is to be delivered in 13months.
Sangodoyin explained that the government wanted the commencement date to be immediate and would therefore advance the payment of 30 percent of the project cost by next week when the contractors are mobilised to site, while another 20 percent payment would be made in January so that they must have done almost 75 percent of the job before they request for any other payment from the government.
Sangodoyin said: “It is directly funded by the state government. The government, remember, had a supplementary budget sometimes in August for which we had a loan called the DCCI loan. We are utilising this DCCI facility for the project.”
He noted that the government hoped at least 75 percent completion of the project would have been achieved before June/July 2022 when the dry season would be wrapping up.
He said: “The road is split into two wonky because we want the road to be completed on time and also to have quality construction and ensure that it’s done within 13months. The first half is from Iseyin where we have the Ansar-deen mosque at Atori road junction to Apewo village which is about 38.1kms.
“Then the other half is from Apewo village to Randa, Ogbomosho which is about 38.57km. For these two roads, we have two bridges, one each on the halves of the roads. The total value for the road is about N43.1bn. The first half is N20billion, while the other half is about N23.1billion. In total, it is N43.1billion,” Sangodoyin revealed.
He said the first part of the road was awarded to Messrs Kopek Construction and the second part awarded to Messrs Kremborg Construction limited.
He affirmed that the two contractors would be mobilised as soon as award is made so they could start the job.
Ongoing Road Projects
The Commissioner seized the opportunity to talk about the various ongoing road projects across the state, noting that the state government would not relent in its bid to bring improvement and better the life of the residents of the state.
Sangodoyin noted that the government wss also working to ensure that no part of the state was neglected in terms of road development, assuring that at least 95 percent of the ongoing projects would be completed by the end of 2022.