Opening of Oyo state through road construction – Blueprint Newspapers Limited


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The Makinde-led government in Oyo state is opening up more parts of the state with road infrastructure, as Bayo Agboola reports.
One of the main things that the outgoing administration of Governor Seyi Makinde seems to be known for is opening up the nooks and crannies of the state through what might better be called his revolution for road infrastructure in all areas. of State.

No wonder the governor of the Faculty of Agriculture and Natural Sciences at Ladoke Akintola University on Saturday, December 4, 2021 did not mince words while happily boasting about his administration’s feat in infrastructure massive highway in the state.

According to Governor Makinde, by 2023 his administration would have spent nearly 70 billion naira to build road infrastructure to link the five administrative areas of the state. He went further by saying his government would complete the 38-kilometer Oyo-Iseyin road, the 46-kilometer Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road and the recently awarded 76.7-kilometer Iseyin-Fapote-Ogbomoso road in record time. In the same way it did with the 68 kilometer Moniya-Iseyin road.
Although the administration of the Makinde government was the subject of a series of criticisms a few years ago, in particular from the opposition party, with most critics comparing the immediate past administration to the late Senator Abiola Ajimobi during the first two years in terms of infrastructure development, naming of roads built, those patched or affected by the administrator of the late Senator Ajimobi with that of Governor Makinde with the intention to reprimand him for leading what they called mere “populists” leaving infrastructure, especially roads, unattended.

Makinde explains why
Governor Makinde, for his part, however, wanted those who want to listen to him to know that everything he did was for the betterment of the state mainly on roads and other aspects of the infrastructure sector, saying that it would start to come out and speak for him after two years in office.

From the construction of roads by the current administration, the Seyi Makinde administration can emerge as the best civil administration with enormous achievements in the field of roads and infrastructure in the history of Oyo State.

The governor further stressed that his administration had embarked on the construction of road infrastructure to connect all areas of the state in order to stimulate its economy.

The administration road building revolution started with the repair of most of the roads in Ibadan started by the previous administration in places like Iwo road, Old Ife road, Basorun – Akobo road as well as the Akala – Kuola highway after which he proceeded with the opening along with others including the 65 kilometer Moniya-Ojutaye-Ijaiye-Iseyin highway in June this year.

Speaking during the commissioning of the road, Governor Makinde said that the delivery of the road project was another fulfilled promise and that the project is one of many projects that would play a major role in the design of a modern state of Oyo where the prosperity of the population thanks to the economy integration serves as a pivot for the decisions of the government.

“This road remained in deplorable condition for several years. I remember immediately after becoming governor, I started receiving SOS messages regarding this road. I remember this particular social media request from someone who said that some parents have had to take their children out of school due to their inability to use this route to get to school.

“The condition of this road also prevented people from going from Moniya to Iseyin. On good days they would spend three hours here. You can then imagine what a bad day would be like when maybe a truck broke down at one of the terrible places.

“Although a contract for the rehabilitation of this road was awarded by the previous administration, our first inspection visits in 2019 revealed that the contractors had not even done five percent of the work here before the to abandon. So we had to revoke and reassign the contract. I always say that whatever decisions we make at any time in this administration would be based on science, data and logic. We therefore took into account the fact that we wanted this road to be of superior quality and to last at least 10 years before any rehabilitation.

Governor Makinde added: “For this reason, we decided to increase the cutting course from about 150mm to about 200mm, and we also changed the asphalt wearing course from 40mm to 50mm. Looking at the initial design, we also realized that there was not enough provision for drainage. So we had to fix it too.

“More importantly, the original contract was for what they called ‘limited rehabilitation.’ It’s just a fancy way of saying they were patching up the road. They examined the areas they considered bad and carried out rehabilitation work.
“For us, that was wrong logic. We knew it would be like sending the ball forward. In about a year, we would be back doing major overhauls.

“So with all the data available, we decided that the most logical thing to do would be to increase the contract amount to around 2.9 billion naira and provide the quality of road that our people deserve. What we have done here is the total reconstruction of this 65 km road at 9.9 billion naira and that translates to 152 million naira per kilometer. Again, based on science, data, and logic, we made the best decision overall. Of course, we understood the economic importance of this road not only for individual residents, but also for the growth of commerce and industry. The Moniya-Ijaiye-Iseyin road is the link between Ibadan and Oke-Ogun, the food basket of Oyo State.

In corroboration
As a follow-up to the road infrastructure revolution of the Gov Makinde administration, State Works Commissioner Professor Daud Sangodoyin announced on December 3 that the state government had approved the award of the contract for the construction of the 76.7 km Iseyin / Fapote / Ogbomoso road at a cost of 43.1 billion naira.

He said, “Today at the 14th meeting of the Oyo State Executive Council, we approved the award for the construction of the Iseyin / Fapote / Ogbomoso road, which is 76.7 kilometers long. The road is cut in half 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 the junction of Atori at the village of Apinwo, which is about 38.1 km. The other half is from the village of Apinwo in Randa Ogbomoso, which is about 38.7 km. These two roads have two bridges, one each. One on the Iseyin to Apinwo road has a range of 65 meters while the other on the Apinwo / Randa axis has a range of about 45 meters with an underpass at the end of the Ogbomoso side. The total value of the road is around 43.1 billion naira.

“The first half is N 20 billion while the other half is N23.1b. The start of the process is immediate because the government will pay a deposit of 30% to the entrepreneurs. In January, we would also advance them 20% more, so they must have done almost 75% of the job before they can claim another payment from the government. We are also trying to speed up the work during the dry season so that by the time we get to June / July most of the work would have been done.

“The first part of the road is attributed to Messrs. KOPEK Construction and the second part is attributed to Messrs. Kremborg Construction Ltd. These two contractors would be mobilized next week and would set off on the site.”
If the pace at which Oyo State’s road infrastructure revolution unfolds under the administration of Governor Seyi Makinde, the state could, over the next year, be among the states with the best road infrastructure in the country. .