Nigerian Government refutes report on Road Project

Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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The Nigerian Government has refuted a report by an organisation, Budgit Tracka, on a Federal Government intervention project in Saki, Oyo State, referring to the report as ‘Erroneous and grossly misleading misinformation.’

Speaking through the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, Kayode Ibrahim, in a statement, said Budgit Tracka did not make any contact with the Office of the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, before going to press with the damaging publication.

Ibrahim stated that the project, titled: “Limited Rehabilitation of Opo Malu Road in Saki, Oyo State, was awarded on 31st January, 2022, to Messrs Laralek Ultimate Limited with the Engineer’s order to commence work on 1st March, 2022, and given the completion period of three months.

He said: “The then Honourable member of the National Assembly representing the constituency in question, who facilitated the award of the contract, led the team of Federal Government officials and the contractor to the location in company of the community leaders.” 

Ibrahim explained that the location of the project, which was referred to as Opo Malu area, traverses eleven communities, beginning from Opo Malu junction through Orogun road to Isale Adini in Saki, asserting that prior to the Federal Government intervention, the road had been completely impassable and the communities down the road cut off from the major road in Saki.

The statement reads in part: “The Contractor completed the Limited Rehabilitation works on schedule and submitted her certificate which was duly processed. The general public and the good people of saki should be informed that the leadership of the eleven communities through which the rehabilitated road traverses has written a letter of confirmation of the satisfactory execution of the project to the Federal Controller of Works Oyo State.

“It should also be noted that “Budgit Tracka” did not make any contact with the office of the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, before going to press with the damaging publication.

“The office of the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, has however sent a detailed dated photographs of section of the works in progress and completed works with the GPS coordinates to “Budgit Tracka” for confirmation.

“With this information, the office of the Federal Controller of Works, Oyo State, confirms that the contract titled “Limited Rehabilitation of Opo Malu Road in Saki Oyo State” awarded to Messrs Laralek Ultimate Limited was executed as awarded and any information to the contrary should be disregarded.