*to be completed in 13 months
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Oyo State Commissioner of Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Daud Sangodoyin on Friday hinted that the state government has approved the award of the contract for the construction of the 76.7km Iseyin / Fapote /Ogbomoso road at the cost of N43.1billion.Professor Sangodoyin dropped this hint on Friday while briefing journalists after the executive council meeting held at the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan.
The Commissioner disclosed that the construction is expected to be completed in 13 months and that the road was awarded to two contractors to ensure timely delivery.
” Today, at the 14th meeting of the Executive Council of Oyo State, we approved the award of the construction of Iseyin / Fapote / Ogbomoso Road, which is 76.7kilometres.The road is split into two simply because we want the road to be completed on time and to have quality construction. We also want it to be completed within 13 months”, he said.
Professor Sangodoyin added, ” the first half is from Iseyin, where we have the Ansarudeen Mosque at Atori junction to Apinwo village, which is about 38.1kms. The other half is from Apinwo village to Randa Ogbomoso, which is about 38.7km”.
” These two roads have two bridges, one each. The one on the Iseyin to Apinwo Road is 65 metres span, while the other one at Apinwo/ Randa axis is about 45 metres span with an underpass at the end of the Ogbomoso side. The total value for the road is about N43.1b. “
The Commissioner stressed, ” the first half is N20billion while the other is N23.1b. The commencement of the process is immediate because the government is going to give an advance payment of thirty per cent to the contractors”, adding, ” in January, we will also advance them another 20 per cent so that they must have done almost 75 per cent of the job before they can request for any other payment from the government.”
“We are also trying to expedite the work during the dry season so that before we get to June/July, the substantial part of the work would have been done.The first part of the road is awarded to Messrs KOPEK Construction and the second part is awarded to Messrs Kremborg construction Ltd. These two contractors will be mobilised next week and hit the ground running on the job.”