By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Government’ has approved the purchase of 106 new buses for the mass transit scheme in the state and the construction of two link roads around Akobo and junction improvement contracts in the Challenge area of Ibadan.
Briefing newsmen after the Oyo State Executive Council meeting, the state Commissioner for Youth and Sports, Seun Fakorede, disclosed that the approval was in line with the government’s drive to transform the transport sector and improve the state’s economy through same.
According to Honourable Fakorede, the 29th State Executive Council meeting has approved the purchase of the buses at the cost of N9.3billion as one of the resolutions reached at the meeting.
He stressed that ” transportation is a vital factor in the economic development of any nation,” and that the purchase of the buses would greatly assist the development of intra-city transportation in Ibadan and other parts of the state and also boost the economic development of the state
The Commissioner maintained that the operations of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) scheme as a major means of public transportation has been accepted in some Nigerian cities over the years, and that the Pacesetter Transit Scheme is a good example of the BRT system existing in Oyo State.
“I wish now to state that the effort and the commitment of the present administration under the visionary leadership of His Excellency, Engineer Oluseyi Makinde, are revamping the agriculture sector in the state. So, it is imperative that the state provides adequate and effective means of transportation, of moving persons, goods, and services, which will have a multiplier effect on commerce and economic development of the state.”, he said.
Honourable Fakorede added, “a company, by the name Petrobridge Nigeria LTD, has been identified as having the capacity and the capability to immediately supply 106 unit of buses to complement the transportation-related activities in Oyo State.”
“And, to this end, it is worthy to note that there is an urgent need to purchase 106 units of brand-new buses to complement the fleet at the PTS and also to improve the mass-transit system in the state and, by extension, boost the economy of the state.Therefore, the council considered and approved the supply of 106 unit of brand-new buses at a total cost of N9,395,427,659.5 only, all taxes inclusive.”
Also briefing journalists on the outcome of the meeting, the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, hinted that the Council considered and approved the contract for the execution of the junction improvement works at Challenge Roundabout and Felele/Idi-Odo Junction to Messrs Planet Project Limited at the cost of N2,538,856,913.36.
Dr Olatunbosun stated that the project would ensure the installation of an intelligent transportation system, which, includes intelligent traffic signals, traffic signal installation, traffic signs, anti-finger metal security fence and other infrastructural systems with control room and coordination traffic signal devices, adding that the system would serve as a major catalyst for traffic solutions at the Challenge, Felele/Idi-Odo junctions.
The Commissioner for Budget and Economic Planning, Barrister Adeniyi Farinto, in his contribution, said that the Council granted approval for the rehabilitation and construction of two link roads at Akobo area of Ibadan at the cost of N69 million, saying, the project would be executed through Direct Labour by the Oyo State Transport and Road Management Agency (OYSTROMA) and that it is expected to be completed within two months.
Barrister Farinto stated that the two link roads include the one linking the Ojoo Expressway, beside the General Gas-Akobo Bridge, while the second link road is the one beside the NNPC Mega station, saying the importance of the project is to bring relief to road users constantly facing traffic gridlock along the Akobo-Ojurin Federal Road. “The contract is to be executed through the direct labour efforts of OYSTROMA, and it is to cost N69,170,431.72. The execution of the contract will commence soon and it is expected to be completed within two months.”