Category: Ministry of Public Works

Oyo Government Gives Road Contractors Two Weeks To Improve on Work Pace

The Seyi Makinde led administration has given contractors handling ongoing projects in the State two weeks to speed up work or face contract termination.

The State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja on Monday, issued the warning to contractors in a meeting with them at the conference room of the Ministry.

Professor Afonja who expressed the displeasure of the State Government at the slow pace of work by the contractors, charged them to resume night work for speedy completion of various ongoing projects in the State.

“You’re owing us and you’re yet to do a job that will be commensurate with the payment you have received, I’m giving you just two weeks to do significant work on the roads or we’ll terminate the contract with your company.

“Four companies have been recommended for termination and we’ll not hesitate to do so if we see no significant improvement in your work,” Afonja said.

The Commissioner who charged the contractors to bring the Ministry in on any challenges they may be faced with in the course of doing their work, added that the contractors should always notify the Ministry 24hrs before shutting down any road for proper traffic redirection.

He therefore appealed to the contractors to always wet the road at least three times a day.

“We are here to serve the people and not to make lives difficult for them. So people should not be getting sick as a result of the dust emanating from the roads,” he appealed.

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Makinde Calls For List Of Community Roads For Urgent Repair

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has called for the submission of list of roads in rural communities that needed urgent attention, in the areas of repair or reconstruction.

The call, which was made through the State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja at a meeting with Directors of Works of the thirty-three Local Government areas in the State on Wednesday, reinstated the administration’s poise to make quality road construction a culture in the State for sustainability.

“The Government has called for the submission of list of roads that need urgent repair or reconstruction in each Local Government, so as to make lives of the people at the rural communities meaningful and reduce urban drift as good road network in each community will aid commerce and empower the populace.

“The meeting also dwelt on the need to make quality road construction a culture in the State, it is foolhardy for any Government to appropriate money for roads that are shoddily done as the same road will need attention very early, so it is better we build roads that will stand the test of time,” Afonja hinted.

Professor Afonja added that the present administration has a twenty years plan for roads in the State, and thereby urged the Directors of Works at the Local Government areas to key into the program by ensuring the standardization of road projects at the grass-root level.

 

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Oyo Vows to Recall Ajimobi’s Road Contractors Over Shoddy Jobs

Oyo State Government has disclosed that it would summon road contractors of the immediate past administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi to site over what was termed ‘shoddy jobs’ across the State.

This was revealed by the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja during an inspection tour of Taki and Odo-Oru-NEPA roads in Ogbomoso township on Wednesday evening.

Ogbomoso township road, Saki’s Poly to Ijale-Oda road and Oyo township roads were among road projects embarked upon by the Ajimobi-led administration but some of the projects were not completed.

Afonja expressed displeasure at what he called the state of the roads constructed by the previous administration which he said were already dilapidated under two years and less because they were not properly planned and constructed to stand the test of time.

“The roads were not designed properly for the purpose they are meant to serve and as such, the failure of the roads are of great concern to us, therefore, we will look for the contractors that did the road works and bring them back to site to complete the jobs or be made to refund Government money back to its coffers.

“The inspection of the roads was to yield to calls made by people for Government’s intervention on the roads, as a responsive Government, we owe the people the responsibility to come and see things for ourselves and proffer possible solutions.

“We are assuring the people of Oyo State that any road construction project embarked upon by the Governor Seyi Makinde led administration will stand the test of time to serve as example to others.”

At the Palace of Soun of Ogbomoso, Oba Jimoh Oyewumi Ajagungbade III, where the Government team made a courtesy call on the royal father, the king charged the federal and the State Government on speedy completion of both the federal and the State roads in Ogbomoso axis, charging them to also construct roads of good standards to make life easy for road users for which he said they would be remembered for long after their tenure.

The visit was also extended to the palace of Onpetu of Ijeru land in Ogbomoso where Oba Sunday Oyediran commended the lofty ideas and programs of the Seyi Makinde-led administration, urging the present Government not to rest its oars in order for the people to further enjoy the dividends of democracy.

The State Governor had recently re-awarded the 65 kilometers Moniya-Iseyin road to KOPEK Engineering Company over what was referred to as the incompetence of the contractor handling the contract during the last administration.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Oyo to Lobby FG on Rehabilitation of Federal Roads

Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof Rapahel Afonja has hinted that the State Government would make efforts to attract the Federal Government to fixing the Federal Government roads within the State.

He said this while speaking with newsmen after an inspection of the Oyo-Iseyin road for a detailed assessment necessitated by the rising complaints from the public.

Prof Afonja said it was impossible for the State to fix the road because of paucity of funds, noting that Federal Government has declared that it has stopped reimbursing States for such purpose.

“We are currently working on the Moniya-Iseyin road which also needs prompt attention, on Iseyin-Oyo road, we have been monitoring public outcry on this road and the State does not have much financial muscle to embark on reconstruction of Oyo-Iseyin road now. Our concern is on Moniya-Iseyin road.

“The Federal Government recently announced that it was not refunding States that constructed Federal roads, you know Oyo State had done that and we have not been refunded yet, so we cannot expend fund on that road.

“We can only work on having a more efforts on lobbying to attract Federal Government attention to the road among other Federal roads in the State for maintenance and reconstruction,” he said.

The Commissioner asserted that the State Government would open a channel of communication with the Federal Government to ensure that roads in Oyo State make the priority list of those the Federal Government intended to fix soon.

He added that the State would also reach out to the State representatives at the National Assembly to ensure that they guarantee that some of the Federal roads that were death traps were added to the priority list of the Federal Government.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

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Construction of Iwo-Road Interchange Targets Ease of Doing Business – Oyo Govt

The Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja has stated that the completion of the Iwo road interchange will usher in an era of economic prosperity for the State.

He made this statement on Thursday in his office while addressing pressmen and reacting to questions on road construction and rehabilitation within the State.

He said the Governor’s vision was to bring economic development to the State, adding that the project was another effort at attracting new investors to establish more businesses in the State.

“We believe this project will attract new investors from Nigeria and beyond to do business and we have to create an environment for them to thrive with resources to support them.

“We understand that the road is a gateway to the State and gridlock is not a good sign or encouragement to incoming stakeholders, it’s the major road that links our airport to the city, it’s a major road that connects the city to the other States in the country, so it must receive attention.

“The Governor is the people’s Governor, he understands that he was elected by the people to serve, we are coming up with actionable ideas to solve the problem we met on ground,” he said.

As a palliative measure, the Commissioner stated that alternate roads would be opened and made more accessible to ease vehicular movement and avoid the hindrance on the way of people carrying out their daily routine.

Reacting to question concerning the construction of Oju-irin to Olorunda-Aba road in Ibadan, the Commissioner declared that plans were ongoing to fix the road, adding that as soon as the rain subsided, there would be top gear approach in rehabilitating the road within a short period.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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Oyo Warns Commercial Drivers Over Illegal Roadside Parks, Trading

The management of Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYTRMA) has warned all commercial motorists to desist from using major roads as motor parks to avoid unnecessary loss of lives to accidents and incessant traffic gridlocks.

The warning was issued as OYRTMA officers, led by the State Commander, Ayoade Adeoye, on Wednesday visited the Iwo Road interchange to clear the road off commercial vehicles using the roads as illegal parks.

While speaking to the leadership of the parks, Adeoye urged them to direct their commercial drivers to stick to their designated motor-parks as any vehicle apprehended for illegal parking would be made to face the full wrath of the law, adding that intra-state drivers who did not have designated motor parks should approach the agency, so it can be addressed.

Traders within the Iwo Road interchange were also asked to relocate their goods to the appropriate market area as the Commander said their activities was risky, due to the nature of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

Speaking to newsmen during the exercise, the commander said their operation at the interchange was to ensure continuous free flow of traffic within the area.

Adeoye said the motorists have been instructed to make use of the modern garage at Temidire, New Ife Road, at Ibadan, built by the State Government for their convenience.

“Here at the Iwo road interchange, there is always gridlock both in the morning and at night. The Govt. of the day is very much interested in the welfare of the citizens and has declared that all activities around the interchange should be relocated to the necessary places.

“Look at the illegal parks, they constitute risk to the lives of the commuters and even drivers themselves as vehicles on high speed may lose control and veered to their side, Government has spent a lot to build a modern garage at Temidire Wema side but these transporters do not want to go there for reasons best known to them.

“But this morning, we have cleared them off the roads to go back to the garage built by the Government, also the activities of the traders contribute to the gridlock at the interchange. In a place like this, such activities must be 45 meters away from the interchange. We have thus warned them to move away from the road.”

The agency recently impounded about fifty trailers along the Iwo-Road interchange for contributing to the traffic gridlock and accidents along the highway.

 

 

Hon. Wasiu Olatunbosun, PhD.,

Hon. Commissioner, 

Min. of Information, Culture & Tourism,

Oyo State Government.

 

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