By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday ordered the contractor handling the N65 billion construction of Ibadan circular road project to stop work at the site with immediate effect.
The governor handed down the stop work order during his unscheduled inspection to the ongoing construction of the road at the Lagos-Ibadan bye pass end .
He lamented the level of work done at the site by the contractor despite the huge amount invested into the project by the last administration in the state hence the need to ask the contractor to stop construction work at the site until the state government take its stand after proper review.
“Basically, what we saw was not encouraging. The agreement was signed in 2017, almost three years now. The work done so far was at 5 per cent or 5.5 per cent. Also, this was a concession of about N65 billion for a 32-kilometre road. We just felt we need to pull back a little bit, look at things holistically and then take a decision in order to move forward.” he said.
Emphasizing that his administration would not tolerate any form of contract delay and shoddy job while contract must be done within the stipulated time, the governor said the road was of utmost importance to the economy of Oyo state and that his administration remained determined to build infrastructures that will help to expand the economy of the State.
“The circular road is extremely important to the economy of Oyo State and if a contractor can only achieve 5 per cent in three years, you can imagine how many years it will take to complete the road.”
New Nigerian recalled that the Ibadan circular road project was approved to the contractor two years ago by the immediate past government in the state.