Makinde flags off re-awarded Moniya-Iseyin road
Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde on Monday kick-started the reconstruction of the 65-kilometre Moniya-Iseyin road in Ibadan, the state capital.
The project is expected to be completed within 12 months.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Makinde administration had re-awarded the road contract to Kopek Construction Company at N9.9 billion.
The governor, last August, revoked the contract for the road, earlier awarded for N7 billion by former Governor Abiola Ajimobi administration.
Makinde attributed the revocation from the former contractor to its lack of capacity to handle the project.
The governor said the award of the road was in fulfilment of his campaign promise to the people of Moniya and Iseyin towns.
He added that the road would enhance the socio-economic development of the state, especially of the people of Oke-Ogun area.
According to the governor, when completed, the road will address the challenges of moving farm produce from Oke-Ogun axis to Ibadan, the state capital.
He further disclosed that 60 percent of the contract sum had been paid to the contractor to ease the job.
“It is expected that the journey from Ibadan to Iseyin will not be more than 45 minutes, when the project is completed.
“We are going to engage security operatives to be patrolling the road for the protection of the people plying the road when it is completed,” Makinde said.
He urged the construction company to deliver quality job, saying that the road would be used as standard template for all other roads to be constructed in the state.
Makinde said for the road to be durable, its asphalt overlay would be 50mm instead of 40mm.
The governor also implored the construction company to engage the services of youths in the area for the project.
Also, the Spokesman of Kopek, Mr Pascal Harfouch, assured the governor and the people of the state that quality job would be delivered.