…As Public Complaints Commission Wades In
House of Representatives member, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe and the Federal Comptroller of Works, Ogun State, Umar Bakare has expressed disappointment at the poor quality of work done by DC Engineering Nigeria Limited, the contractor handling Olomi-Ijebu road.
Akande-Sadipe therefore tasked the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) on the rehabilitation of federal roads across Oluyole Federal Constituency.
She said that if rehabilitated, the controversial 25 km Olomi-Ijebu Igbo road and 35 km stretch of Liberty Academy road which connects Oyo State with neighbouring Ogun State, would stimulate economic activities, attract local and foreign investment, improve the quality of road network and reduce the hardship on her constituents.
The Oluyole Federal Constituency Representative at the Green Chamber made the remarks on Sunday when she embarked on a joint inspection of the roads with officials from the Federal Government establishments and the affected communities.
Akande-Sadipe, who lamented the untold hardship commuters along the 25 km Olomi-Ijebu Igbo Road face on account of its present deplorable condition, also expressed displeasure at the present state of Liberty-Academy Road within her constituency.
She urged the Federal Ministry of Works to prevail Messrs DC Engineering Limited, to perform their obligation on the road in the interest of the people of the state.
Akande-Sadipe who chairs the House Committee on Diaspora Affairs also lamented that other roads within the State contracted out at the same time three years ago have been completed.
She added that within two years, the tarred parts of the Olomi road had developed problems, pointing to the poor quality of work.
The Commissioner, Public Complaint Commission, South-West, Mr. Folawiyo who joined the inspection said that the Commission will ensure that the issues are dealt with and the contractor called to order.
He explained that the institution has jurisdiction to oversee federal, state and local governments projects and would do the needful with regard to this road.
The Commissioner added that the agency is set to intervene in the delayed completion.
He asked the community to copy him in all complaints, adding that the commission will urgently assess such complaints, including those where the contractor solicited and received money from the communities in carrying out responsibilities on the project.
In his remarks, Mr. Bakare, said the Ministry has taken it upon itself to technically inspect the road which he noted was in a very bad state. He promised speedy delivery of the mandates, saddled upon the Ministry in record time.
He said that the inspection of the road, under the directive of the Minister for Works and Housing, Hon. Min. Raji Fashola will yield progress.
According to him, the Ministry would monitor the construction of the road and bridges, to ease the movement of people.
On the Liberty Academy road, in her remarks, the South-West Zonal Coordinator, FERMA, Mrs. Mary Adeniran explained that as part of its duties, the agency will see to the maintenance of federal roads within Oluyole Federal Constituency.