Bayelsa Gov, former Oyo gov flag off 45.65km Oyo-Iseyin and Airport Road projects
Written by Aloore Radio on 16 — 12
…we’ll continue to build viable road infrastructure
…names Airport Road after Olunloyo
…Nigeria needs Oyo Gov’s kind of leadership
Governor of Bayelsa State, Senator Douye Diri, and a former Governor of Oyo State, Dr. Omololu Olunloyo, on Thursday, joined the Governor of Oyo State, ‘Seyi Makinde, to flag off the construction of the 34.85 kilometres Oyo-Iseyin Road and the dualisation of the 10.82 kilometres Ibadan Airport Road attached with several adjoining link roads.
The duo of Diri and Olunloyo, who spoke severally at the two events, lauded Makinde’s courageous and quality leadership in Oyo State.
Diri had noted that the infrastructure projects being embarked upon by Governor Makinde were highly commendable and that they showed that he loved his people, asserting that Nigeria needs the kind of quality leadership that the Oyo State governor is giving to the people of his state.
The Bayelsa governor equally commended the peaceful atmosphere in Oyo State under Makinde watch.
While flagging off the road project, Governor Diri described Governor Makinde as a people’s governor, noting that his love for his people made him embark on projects such as the one being flagged off.
He said: “Sincerely, I must say that Governor Makinde is a people’s governor and a project like this is very difficult to embark on, particularly at this time in the country. It takes a man of courage, vision and love for his people to embark on a project such as this.
“So, I believe that as we flag off this road project, it will be completed at record time and by the grace of God, we will all be here to commission the project for the use of the people of this area and Nigeria as a whole.
“We are all bonded together as a people and we want the quality of leadership that Governor Makinde is giving in Oyo State in Nigeria.”
Earlier, the Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Professor Dahud Sangodoyin, maintained that works to be executed on the Oyo-Iseyin Road are in accordance with Federal Highways specification, noting that these include artworks, provision of rainfall concrete-like drains, culverts and construction of 45 span bridge over Ogoro River.
“The road will have an improvement width of 12.8 as against the usual 10.3 metres and it will also accommodate 2.75 metres shoulder on each side. It comprises 150mm, laterite, sub-base and 200mm stone base material as well as asphalt concrete wearing 50 metres thickness.
“The project has been contracted to Messrs KOPEC Construction Limited at the sum of N9,995,420,263.44k for a completion period of 12 months. This approximates a benchmark of N289m per kilometre,” the commissioner said.
Also speaking at the Airport Road dualisation flag-off, Sangodoyin stated that the project will be executed with direct funding and completed within six months.
At the flag-off of the Airport Road project, Governor Makinde, who maintained that when completed, the road would be named after former Governor Olunloyo, stressed the importance of road construction to development, noting that the dualisation would bring immense economic benefits.
The governor equally stated that the pleas of residents of the state on the state of inner roads had reached his government and that its Ministry of Works had begun to work with local government authorities to see how some of the roads could be fixed.
“Let me use this opportunity to address some of the issues our people have raised about inner roads in Oyo State. In the past weeks, you would have noticed that the Oyo State Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, has been working with the local government authorities to see that some of these roads are fixed.
“If they have not reached your area yet, please be patient, they will get there.
“What we are doing here is engineering a modern Oyo State. We are building structures and systems that will lead to sustainable development in Oyo State. And so, we are working in such a way that whoever is coming behind, will not need to lay another foundation, but will continue from where we stopped,” the governor stated.
In his remarks, Dr. Olunloyo commended Makinde for his style of administration which, according to him, places people at the centre of his governance paradigm.