The Oyo State Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure, and Public Transport, Professor Daud Kehinde Sangodoyin, has stated that Governor Seyi Makinde and the Executive Council of Oyo State are pleased with the progress of the various on-going infrastructure development projects in the state.
The commissioner, said this when he gave audience to media officers immediately Governor Makinde and senior officials of the Ministry inspected ongoing projects in the Ibadan metropolis. He further said the government was determined to turn the state of infrastructure around.
He said that the infrastructure constructions by the Makinde government are targeted at boosting the economy of the state.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr Taiwo Adisa, cited the commissioner saying that most of the road projects started by the administration will be commissioned this year.
Shangodoyin: “The governor wanted to physically see the projects for himself to see how far we have gone. We have gone to the underpass, which is along Onipepeye Airport road, to see the level of work we have done.
“Right now we have seen that the by-pass for both left and right side of the bridge is almost completed. On the other end, the contractor has said it will be completed in the next two weeks, they will complete the by-pass so that they can break the bridge into two and construct the second underpass for that road.
“That was what we met on the ground today. His Excellency was satisfied with the work and promised he would come back.
“Also, we went to Akanran, Olorunsogo road to inspect the dualisation of the road, which is about 3.1 kilometres. The extent is from Beere to Dagbolu, which is about 37 kilometres. But His Excellency wanted to see the portion, which is the 3.1 kilometres dualisation because we want to commence work on that too.
“At the end of Olorunsogo Bridge up to the other bridge, which is up to 3.1 kilometres, it is going to be dualised. That is exactly what we have looked at now. The contractor handling the project is on the other side, from Beere. Now that His Excellency has seen it, he will give his blessings for them to commence the dualisation of the Olorunsogo/Dagbolu road.
“We also inspected the last one, which was Olodo Bridge and the new thing there is that we are looking for a junction improvement. When we got there, we found out that in two to three minutes, there was traffic congestion. So, that is the practical approach in which the governor wants us to look at it and find an alternative route and junction improvement so that we can decongest that bridge.
“Those are the projects we inspected for the day and others are on-going.”
“The good thing is that we are satisfied that the work on the Ajia-Airport Road project and others will bring about economic improvement in the respective areas.
“The road will ease traffic and help us to link the Ajia/Amuloko road. So, that is part of our strategy to improve the economy of the state in terms of vehicular movement.
“On the Ajia-Airport road, the work so far is getting to where we have to appreciate the contractor because they have almost completed the drainage, the hydraulic system and the structure of that place.
“They have almost done five kilometres of the earthwork to the end of the airport and tarred it. The other part remaining is from the Ajia to the Airport, which we are gradually working on the drainage. The work is on-going and we are satisfied with it. With the contractor’s plan, we are going to commission the project within this year.
“The people of the state should expect that our economy will be supported by the infrastructure and we will also commission the majority of the road projects that this administration has commenced this year,” the commissioner added.