…to install 58 Motorized Boreholes across 33LGs
By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Government, on Wednesday, announced approval for the reconstruction of 45.3 kilometre Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho road at the cost of N8.7billion
The Executive Council also approved the installation of 58 Motorized Boreholes across the 33 Local Government Councils of the state at the cost of N312.2million.
While briefing newsmen on the outcome of the 28th Oyo State Executive Council meeting held at the Executive Chamber of the Governor’s Office, Secretariat, Ibadan, the state’s Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Hon. Muyiwa Ojekunle, said that the contract for the road was awarded to Messrs China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC).
The project was awarded under the Alternative Project Funding Approach (APFA), which would see the contractor initially execute the project with its funds, while the state will pay back through scheduled repayments and would be completed within 18 months.
In another development, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resources, Dr. Abdul-Lateef Oyeleke, said the contract for the installation of the boreholes was initially awarded by the previous administration and was revoked because of the inadequacies, lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability that was noticed in the award.
Oyeleke said: “At the State Executive Council meeting that was held yesterday, 13th October 2020, we approved the installation of 58 motorised boreholes across the 33 local governments in the state. It is important to remark that this contract was awarded by the previous administration, and it was subsequently revoked because of inadequacies, lack of transparency, fairness, and accountability that was noticed in the award of the contract.
“The total sum for this contract is N312.2 million only and it cuts across the entire local governments within the state and it is expected that this contract will be concluded within six months of this approval.”
Similarly, the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun, hinted that the State Executive Council approved semi-autonomy for four secondary hospitals as the pilot scheme for quality health care delivery in the state.
The hospitals include: Adeoyo Maternity Teaching Hospital, Ibadan; Ring Road State Hospital, Ibadan; State Hospital, Oyo; and the newly commissioned Saki Specialist Hospital, Saki.
He said there will be a monitoring committee that will monitor the autonomy of these hospitals and that the committee, which will comprise representatives of the Ministries of Health, Finance, Hospital Management Board, Office of Accountant General and Auditor-General, Civil Service Commission, Head of Service, will be set up to midwife and ensure technical support for these initiatives.
He added that the council directed the Ministry of Justice to prepare an amendment bill to existing Oyo State Hospital Management Law, to reflect the new semi-autonomy initiative, noting that the bill will be forwarded as an executive bill to the House of Assembly for appropriate legal backing.