Category: Ministry of Public Works

Oyo Govt To Dualize Airport Road, Rehabilitate, Reconstruct 7 Others

The 3.60 kilometers airport road in Ibadan, Oyo State has been billed for dualization by the Seyi Makinde-led administration, (more…)

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Oyo Set To Illuminate Palaces, Hospitals, Major Markets

Oyo State Government has revealed that it is set to install All-in-One Solar Powered lights at palaces, hospitals and major (more…)

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Oyo To Introduce Identification Cards For Commercial Cyclists

….As Gov orders slash of riders’ daily levy from N200 to N100

The Oyo State Government has disclosed its readiness to introduce an identification system for commercial motorcyclists operating within the state in order to check crimes and the influx of bad elements into the State.

This was as the State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, ordered the immediate reduction of the daily levy to be paid by commercial cyclists from N200 to N100 per day.

The State’s Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja, who made the disclosure while addressing newsmen in Ibadan on Thursday, added that Governor Makinde does not want to add to the burden of the people of the State.

The Commissioner stated that in order to control crimes being associated with motorcyclists and the influx of commercial motorcyclists into Oyo State, the Government will, in due course, issue Riders’ Card to all registered commercial motorcyclists in the State.

He noted that this will enable the Government to differentiate registered commercial motorcyclists from criminal elements, who are using motorcycles to operate.

He said: “We have concluded that, due to what happened in Lagos State, which has led to an influx of people moving from Lagos into Oyo State, there is a need to have Okada Riders’ Card to identify people coming into the State.

“So, in collaboration with the revenue collector for the state and FRSC and the unions, we will start this to gather information on those who are engaging in commercial or private cycling businesses in the state. This is possible through profiling. The security agencies are in need of these pieces of information.”

Afonja explained that the Riders’ Cards would afford the Government the opportunity to have a database of the riders across the State, saying: “So, this registration of motorcyclists through the Riders’ Cards will be a database for us to know who is who; who owns what; who they are, where they live and the rest. We will also add their BVN to know who they really are.

“Recently, you may have heard about snatching of bikes and robberies using motorcycles. That is why we are trying to make sure that all motorcycles in Oyo State are properly registered. We will ensure they do what is needful to make sure they obey the law.

The commissioner added that Governor Makinde ordered the immediate reduction of the daily levy charge on commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists in the State from N200 to N100 to ameliorate the suffering of the riders.

He said: “This press conference is being held in response to the recent pronouncement by the Ministry of Finance and the Oyo State Board of Internal Revenue regarding the State revenue that we have been collecting from tricycles and motorcycle riders in the State.

“From the information that was passed down to us by the Ministry of Finance and BIR, we were told that it was agreed upon that the consultant was to collect 200 Naira as a daily collection from these commercial bikers including tricycles and motorcycles.

“Upon escalating this issue to the Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, we found out he was not in support of this increase in the revenue collection from N100 to N200. So, I want to apologise to the unions and other stakeholders who are affected by the increment.

“The Governor has instructed me to pass this information on that his goal is to ensure that people’s money remain in their pockets to take care of their families. So, he has gracefully reduced this fee from N200 to N100.

“He also believes that this change will trickle down to the people who are in the markets and will help people and their families.

“In addition to that, we have met with those in the quarries to include the union people. They are excited, understanding that the fact that the Governor has listening ears. The Governor met with them physically. He understands their cry and he has assured them of his support.”

Professor Afonja added that the revenue collectors would be at every park from tomorrow morning [Friday], urging the commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists to cooperate with them.

“Moving forward, commercial motorcyclists and tricyclists will be paying 100 Naira to a revenue consultant daily and this will commence tomorrow morning (Friday),” he said.

 

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Oyo To Revoke Four Road Contracts Over Poor Performance

…Says Parks Management System Will Plug Holes in IGR

About four contractors that have failed to meet up with performance specifications and time lag in Oyo State will soon have their contracts terminated.

This hint was given on Monday morning by the State Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Prof. Rapheal Afonja at his office in Ibadan.

Governor Seyi Makinde has recently said the administration was compiling list of non-performing contractors in the State as he lamented the agony being experienced by the people living in the affected areas where road construction works were ongoing.

In his words, Afonja said “we have got complaints across the State about pace and quality of work done by these contractors, His Excellency the Governor also inspects the pace of work during the day and even in the night, I can tell you now that soon, termination notice will soon be given to four non-performing contractors.

“Complaints have come across the State and when we came on board, we had to do a contract review and we realized that the quality of work done by some of these contractors were low, we also realized that most of the agreements have also relapsed and none of them had performance bond in their files, the performance bond is a way to tell a contractor that if you don’t do a good job, you will be penalized.

“So we gave them time, which is the past five months which was to see if they could impress the Government, we gave them our standard, our requirements, some of them have not lived up to it while some have, so with the approval of the Governor, the next step is to issue termination notice to some of them.”

Among the contracts inherited by the present administration and are still ongoing as at time of this report is the dualization of Idi-Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barracks road in Ibadan and dualization of saki township along Oke-Ogun Poly-Ilesha-Ibariba road in Saki.

Others are Eleyele Junction-Akufo-Ido-Eruwa road, reconstruction of Moniya-Iseyin road and Agodi-Gate-Old Ife Road, Adegbayi in Ibadan.

Meanwhile the State Government has said that the introduction of a new Park Management system in the State was aimed to plug holes in the income of the State and not for political reasons.

The Commissioner for Public Works and Infrastructure, Prof Raphael Afonja said this while answering questions from journalists who were at his office after the inauguration of Park Managers for public motor parks in the State on Monday.

The Commissioner asserted that the people of Oyo State were happy that leaks in the State’s income were plugged while individuals appointed would work with trusted consultancy firm to generate income for the State, using technology to monitor activities and accountability of all players while all funds generated would go into the State coffers.

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Oyo Govt. Set To Rehabilitate Ajakanga Dumpsite

Oyo State Government has reiterated its commitment to rehabilitate the Ajakanga dumpsite, following an inferno that gutted the dumpsite.

This disclosure was made known by the Commissioner for the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources, Rt. Hon. Keyinde Ayoola recently.

The Commissioner, who in the company of his counterpart from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja paid a visit to the Ajakanga dumpsite, noted that it is not unusual to experience fire outbreaks at dumpsites during the dry season due to the self- ignition.

Ayoola further said, such inferno is often produced from the vast deposit of gas generated by microbial activity, arising from the organic component of wastes deposited on dumpsite.

He said, “for this reason, we encourage residents to desist from encroaching dumpsite areas. Apart from causing environmental threats, it could also destroy lives and properties through the wide spread of the combusting fire raging from the site”.

“Unfortunately, we lost a waste truck, but then, the plans that we have now is the rehabilitation of this dump site including the three others”, he added.

Meanwhile, the Hon. Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Raphael Afonja added that the rehabilitation would start immediately in preparation for the raining season.

He added that the construction of roads is part of the rehabilitation and that proper designs would be made to create pathways for the trucks entering the site.

The duo was on an inspection visit to appraise the extent of inferno on the Ajakanga dumpsite, which gutted fire last-week Wednesday’s midnight.

Oyo State is managing four dumpsites namely Ajakanga, Awotan, Aba-eku and Lapite.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Why We Appointed Park Managers, By Oyo

Oyo State Government on Monday said the newly introduced Park Management System was to increase the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).
It denied the new structure was not in any way a lift on the existing proscription on the activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW).
The Government said the new effort will bring a fresh face to parks and garages management and administration in the State.
The Government made the clarification while inaugurating the park managers across the 33 Local Government Areas of the State and two Disciplinary Committees for motorists and tipper operators.
The event at the Conference Room, Ministry of Public Works and Transport was attended by Commissioners Bayo Lawal (Special Duties), Prof Rapheal Afonja (Public Works and Transport) and Dr Wasiu Olatunbosun (Information, Culture and Tourism) among others.
While a former factional leader of the NURTW, Mr Mukaila Lamidi (fondly referred to as Auxiliary) was inaugurated as the Chairman of the State Motor Parks Disciplinary Committee, Mr Adewale Yekeen was inaugurated as the Chairman of the Tipper/Lorry Drivers Disciplinary committee.
Afonja charged the new managers to be disciplined and ensure peace at the various motor parks and garages while also ensuring free flow of traffic.
He said: “This instruction was given by the Governor. It is a new park management system that we are implementing.
“We are trying this to make sure we bring in a better structure into our motor parks and garages.
“Soon, other things like infrastructure will fall in place. So, for the main time, these people have been assigned to take charge of the parks on behalf of the State.
“This is not a union system as they are basically employed by the State Government. One of the things the Governor is doing is to ensure that leakages are blocked and there is an increase in the revenue of the State.
‘’We cannot continue to mortgage our future by borrowing every day to construct or develop our infrastructure.
‘’So, that is why we have this management system in place; to coordinate on behalf of the Government.’’
He added: “Another reason why the Governor is doing this is to avoid violence among the union people because people feel insecure in the State.
“If there is anyone who, in some way, wants to threaten the peace of the State, such person will face the wrath of the law.
“We are asking the park managers and the committees to make sure that there is no traffic congestion in our State.
“They should coordinate people and make sure that the revenue, which the State is entitled to, get into the State coffers.
“These are the things this Government is saddled with the park managers and disciplinary committee for the State.”
Auxillary thanked the Governor for the opportunity to serve, assuring that the initiative will rewrite motor vehicles control and administration in the State.
He also confirmed that the new assignment had nothing to do with NURTW operations, which has been banned in the State.
An initial fear enveloped areas like Iwo road, Ojoo, Challenge and others when after the inauguration, Lamidi led hundreds of his supporters to various parks and garages across the state.
Heavy security presence from combined team of police and State anti-crime patrol were however on hand to stem any form of violence.

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Oyo Plans More Traffic Light System To Battle Metropolitan Gridlock

Oyo State Government has vowed to rid the State of traffic gridlock menace by enforcing the State traffic regulation laws and installation of more traffic light systems in areas with heavy vehicular movements within the metropolis.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja said this while on traffic study within Ibadan on Wednesday alongside some law enforcement and traffic agencies where he hinted that the purpose of the tour was to meet with relevant stakeholders within the major highways whose daily activities directly or indirectly impacted on the traffic situation in the State in order to channel a good course on how to achieve a common goal.

“Ibadan metropolis has been faced with lots of bottle necks when it comes to traffic and we are here to do a traffic study, there is need for enforcement and sustainability of the enforcement.

“The people who are driving recklessly or engaging in double parking on our local roads will be apprehended and this will be followed with legal trial which might lead to seizure of their vehicles, we want free flow of traffic on our roads and we do not want people encroaching on the main road.

“But we need to take the sensitization to them first and as well provide the needed control mechanism, which is why we are planning on installing more traffic lights at these particular areas.”

According to him, areas that were prone to vehicular gridlock such as Felele and Challenge area would be installed with the traffic control equipment in order to further reduce the menace in such areas, adding that there would also be road markings in order to prevent encroachment from one lane to another as he described this as the major cause of many accidents on the major roads.

Afonja indicated that the sensitization which took place at different interchanges within Ibadan such as Bus-Stop Gate, Mokola, Dugbe, and Eleyele interchange would be followed by strict enforcement and sanctions.

He added that the enforcement was not meant to cause pain or hardship to anyone but to bring respite to road users and also improve the economy of the State.

 

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

 

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