In a bid to resolve the technical difficulties facing the ‘Light – Up Oyo’ project in recent time, the Oyo State government has announced its intention to review the project output across the state to see to how to make it run optimally.
The state government, who made this known in a release signed and made available to news men by the Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Wasiu Olatunbosun; noted that the light-up project have been facing difficulties in recent time.
He maintained that the state government is dissatisfied with the output of the contractor in charge work of which the project has since stopped performing its expected role in the development of businesses, economy and tackling of insecurity in the nook and crannies of the state.
The statement read:
“The Oyo State Government would like to draw the attention of the general public to the actions the authorities will be taking to resolve the technical and sundry difficulties the Light-Up Oyo Project has been facing in recent times, which has hindered the project from running optimally.
“In the spirit of accountability and transparency, the authorities would like to put on record that there is a dispute between the Oyo State Government and the contractor about how much work has been done and how the infrastructure is being operated.
“The government is not satisfied with the infrastructure provided and its specifications. These have been the main cause of the operation and maintenance challenges the project is facing.
“Therefore, the Oyo State Government is presently auditing the entire infrastructure to determine the level and quality of work done. The audit process will be completed in about six weeks, after which the general public will be updated regarding any decisions reached and the way forward for the project.
“You will recall that in September 2019, the Oyo State Government embarked on the Light Up Oyo Project. The logic behind this project was two-fold. First, to grow the Oyo State economy. As Governor ‘Seyi Makinde stated, Oyo State cannot compete with cities that run a 24-hour economy if economic activities are shut down by 7 pm. Second, to tackle insecurity. Crime thrives in darkness. And so, when major parts of towns and cities are lit up, criminals will not have anywhere to hide.
“Oyo State residents are urged to remain assured that the government is doing all in its power to ensure that the entire 240 km of the Light Up Oyo project is delivered in the shortest possible time for the benefit of the residents of the state. This will ensure that the good people of Oyo State get maximum value for the money spent on this project,” the statement added.