By Bode Akinbode, Ibadan
Oyo State Government has approved the total reconstruction of the 65-kilometre Moniya/Ijaiye/Iseyin Road, linking the food basket of the State.
The State’s Commissioner Infrastructure, Works and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja, who revealed this at the end of the State executive council meeting said that the reviewed road work would cost N9.9 billion. The road contract was awarded to KOPEK Construction Company.
The immediate past government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi had in February 2018, awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the road at the cost of N7 billion, out of which N2 billion was paid to the Contractor who could not deliver on the terms.
Governor Seyi Makinde, had to revoke the contract after lamenting the slow pace of work and shoddy job being done.
Afonja noted that several key components in the road project had been upgraded in other for it to be qualitative, long-lasting and fitted to serve the State better.
“Let me use this medium to announce to the Oyo State indigenes that, at the Executive Council meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde approved the total reconstruction of Moniya-Ijaye-Iseyin road which is an important road that will add value to the economy of the state.
“We are all aware that the contract of this road was initially terminated by Governor Makinde, due to the inconsistency and underperformance of the other contractor that was disengaged from the past administration.
“I must say that one of the things that was captured in the approval process is that, this road will be completed in 12 months. We have selected a contractor that will be carrying out this project in the person of KOPEK and we are hoping that, by the end of the week, they will move to the site, mobilize and start their work.
“So, we look forward to get this road completed by this time next year.”