Some motorists and commuters in the southwestern area of the country praised the federal government for its progress in infrastructure development, especially in the areas of road construction and rehabilitation.
In a survey conducted in zone states, including Ogun, Oyo, Osun, Ondo, Ekiti and Kwara, respondents praised President Muhammadu Buhari for his commitment to providing good roads to facilitate the economic development of the country.
According to respondents, a number of roads in different parts of the region are being rehabilitated, while new ones have been allocated and are being implemented to facilitate the movement of people and goods.
Two commercial drivers taking the Ibadan-Ogbomoso road, MM. Tajudeen Alao and Isiaka Adebisi, said the two-lane road project underway in this axis is a testament to the good work of the federal government.
The duo expressed satisfaction with the quality of work done so far by the Reynold Construction Company (RCC) on the project, saying auto accident cases would be significantly reduced once the road is completed.
Another commercial driver using the Iseyin-Oyo road, Mr. Ajibade Mukaila, said the recent palliative work done on the wrong sections of the road has improved the fluidity of vehicle movements.
An official, Mr. Adunola Ogundare and a trader, Ms Eunice Olawale, both regular travelers on the Iseyin-Okeho road, said the ongoing rehabilitation of the road has had a positive impact on commuters and motorists.
According to them, the completion of the rehabilitation works will certainly make travel on the road smooth and safe.
Meanwhile, Oyo State Federal Works Controller, Mr. Kayode Ibrahim, expressed the federal government’s commitment to complete all ongoing road projects in the state.
He said that some of the road projects that required palliative work had been completed while other large construction projects were in different stages of completion.
“Among the major road construction projects underway is the 52 km Oyo-Ogbomoso two-lane road, which is 43.27 percent from the completion stage and the 72.70 km road. Ibadan-Abeokuta, at 79.01 percent of the completion stage.
“The rehabilitation of the exceptional section of the 28.6 km Iseyin-Okeho road, with two exceptional bridges, is at 30.68%.
“In addition, the emergency repair of the one kilometer Ago-Are-Sepeteri road is underway and is 20% complete.
“The emergency repair of the 8.9 km Basi-Agunrege, on the Iseyin-Saki road, has been completed; likewise the 1.2 km Owotoro-Ofiki road.
“Likewise, special repairs to 14 critical locations on the Iseyin-Oyo road are 100% complete.” Ibrahim said.
The controller further stated that the rehabilitation of the 3.6 km NTA Takie-LAUTECH roundabout in Ogbomoso had been completed, adding that the repair works on the 25.1 km Otte-Ogbomoso road southbound had been completed. completed.
He said selected roads in the state’s three senatorial districts have benefited from the federal government’s highway intervention project.
In addition, the acting works controller of the Federal Ministry of Public Works and Housing in Osun, Mr. Ayodeji Orisaleye, said that the federal government has completed seven roads, while another 14 are in different stages of completion.
Orisaleye has listed the completed roads to include: the 4.7 km Ipetu Jesa-Apoti-Ondo border road, the 7 km Ilesa-Ijebu Ijesa road and the 7.4 km Ife-Mayfair roundabout road, with a detour to Oduduwa Estate.
Others, according to him, are the 8.5 km Osogbo-Akoda double-lane road, the special repairs of the Osogbo-Iwo road, with a distance of 12 km, the Osogbo-Iwo phase II road, with a distance 4.8 km and the Osogbo-Iwo road 8 km.
Orisaleye also said that work is underway on the dualisation of 22 km of Ibadan Road-Lagere-Iremo-Enuwa-Ilesa bypass as well as the rehabilitation of the Osogbo-Ilesa road, covering 31,025 km.
He said the Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa two-lane road in the Oyo / Osun axis, covering a distance of 112 km, as well as the Ilobu-Erinle roads were under reconstruction, while the Ife / Ifewara road from 15 km and the 44 km Ilobu-Erinle road were also under reconstruction. undergoing rehabilitation.
The other roads under rehabilitation and reconstruction, according to the controller, are: the 34.5 Ila-Orangun-Ora-Ile-Ekan Meje road and the Gbongan-Iwo-Oyo road, a distance of 32.2 km.
Ogun’s Federal Works Controller, Mr. Olaseni Bakare, also told NAN that rehabilitation work is underway on various federal roads in the state.
According to the controller, the works of the first 43 kilometers, the section of the road between the old Lagos tollbooth and the Sagamu interchange in Ogun, are managed by Julius Berger Plc and supervised by the Lagos office of the Federal Ministry of Works. public.
He added that the other 84 km stretch between the Sagamu and Ojoo interchange in Ibadan was managed by Reynold Construction Company (RCC) and supervised by the Ogun office, stressing that it had reached the stage of completion of 58%.
Bakare, who ensured that the contractors responsible for the project were still on site, noted that the federal government had provided regular funds for the project.
On the Abeokuta-Ota road, Bakare explained that the project was also the subject of rehabilitation works by Julius Berger Plc.
He added that the rehabilitation of the 77 km road connecting the Ogun brewery to Abule-Egba in Lagos had received special funding, apart from the regular funding of the budget allocation.
The controller added that the 57 km portion of the road, which is in the Ogun corridor, had reached the 30% completion level, adding that the contractor was still on site.
He did, however, identify a poor drainage system as the root cause of some really bad sections of the road like Ewekoro, Tipper garage and the Sango area, adding that the sections were being redesigned to address the issue.
Bakare also explained that the rehabilitation of the Sagamu-Benin expressway, in particular the Sagamu-Ajebandele axis, managed by the RCC, was underway.
“The design of the road is at an advanced stage at our headquarters in Abuja where discussions are underway with a private organization for the provision of a special fund for rehabilitation,” he said.
The controller added that the Sagamu-Ogijo road was also being rehabilitated, adding that the project was supervised by the Ministry’s office in Lagos.
Bakare explained that the Ogun government, at one point, started rehabilitation work on the Agbara-Atan road, adding that it was later abandoned.
He noted, however, that the Dapo Abiodun government administration recently ordered contractors to return to the site to continue with the project, pointing out that the Abeokuta-Sagamu road was also being rehabilitated by the Ogun government.
“I can tell you that we have several road projects that will be awarded soon as we have sent various proposals to our headquarters in Abuja.
“One of these roads is the Sango-Ota-Idiroko road, on which we are currently carrying out palliative works,” he said.
In addition, the federal government has embarked on the construction and rehabilitation of 751 kilometers of roads through the three senatorial districts of Kwara from 2017 to date to strengthen the provision of infrastructure to residents of the state.
The federal works controller in Kwara, Alhaji Wasiu Atitebi, told NAN in llorin that he had visited some of the ongoing road projects together with the acting director of north-central highways, Mr. Aganaba Bola.
According to him, all the contractors in charge of the projects were on the sites.
Atitebi said the federal government does not owe the contractors, adding that all payment certificates passed on to the government have been settled to allow them to make remarkable progress before the onset of the rainy season.
He listed some of the ongoing road projects to include: the dualisation of the 110 km llorin-Jebba-Mokwa road, attributed at the cost of 80 billion naira, the 15 km Offa bypass to the state of Osun and the rehabilitation of llorin-Omu Aran-Egbe in Kogi.
Others, according to him, are the Share-Patigi road, the Patigi-Kpada road, the Kaima-Kishi road, the llorin-lgbeti road and the construction of the Ohan bridge on the lgbeti road, among others.
Atitebi advised all contractors in charge of the projects to execute the works according to specifications in order to improve the state’s infrastructure.
The comptroller also said that the federal government is currently undertaking the construction and rehabilitation of 43 intervention road projects in some tertiary institutions in the state.
According to him, the projects aimed to improve a conducive learning environment and create employment opportunities for residents near institutions.
FRSC Sector Commander in Kwara, Jonathan Owoade, also commended the federal and state governments for their commitment to road rehabilitation and safety in the state.
“I always receive complaints from the public and stakeholders about problems along bad roads, especially the Idofian-Ajase Ipo road.
“I know it’s a gradual process. The government will review the remaining roads in a short time.
“The Kwara government is trying; they embarked on the constant rehabilitation and maintenance of roads in and around the state capital.
“I also congratulate the federal government, because the Ilorin-Ogbomoso road has been under repair for a few months now to ensure that it is drivable.
On allegations of neglect of federal roads in Ekiti, the comptroller of the Federal Ministry of Public Works and State Housing, Mr. Otegbade Oladiran, said projects already completed and those underway were being closely monitored to secure jobs. quality.
He said that recently some of the constituency projects executed by members of the state’s National Assembly, in partnership with the ministry, have been inspected.
The comptroller explained that although the constituency projects were initiated and facilitated by the legislators for their constituents, the financing and supervision aspect fell under the competence of the ministry.
He said the essence of the inspection was to check whether the projects were functioning after their completion and whether the contractors had been fully paid after their execution according to specifications.
Oladiran said the government intends to continue prioritizing projects that have a direct impact on the lives of the masses for the socio-economic growth of the country.
He noted that the inspection was also aimed at informing constituents of the positive results of the government’s collaboration with those who represented them.
The controller said he was satisfied with the level of work carried out on various projects, expressing the hope that residents would take ownership of these projects and guide them jealously. (NOPE)
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