The lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has waded into face off between the contractor handling Olomi-Olodo-Ijebu Igbo road, D.C. Engineering Ltd, and the Olojuoro Road Joint Community Forum over road construction in the community.
The frosty relationship between the firm and Joint Community Forum, made up of 14 communities, took a downward turn when executives of the Forum wrote series of petitions against the firm to Federal Ministry of Works and Transport, Abuja and the House of Representatives, accusing it of refusal to speed up work on the deplorable road and constructing narrow drainages that could cause erosion in the community among other allegations.
The petition attracted the attention of the lawmaker who immediately scheduled and held a round table meeting with the aggrieved parties.
At the peace meeting conveyed by the lawmaker on Thursday, which was held at Olomi, Ibadan, Hon. Akande-Sadipe, who is also the Chairman, House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, promised her unwavering support and backing to guarantee the speedy completion of the road, which she described as one of the foremost projects on her checklist.
She noted that the essence of the meeting was to find lasting solutions to the brewing misunderstanding between the community and the firm and ensure the road which has been under construction in the community since 2018 becomes motorable before 2023.
Akande-Sadipe promised to scrutinize the firm’s handling the of the construction, scope of work and contractual agreement signed with the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja, adding that this would bring her up to speed with happenings about the road and ensure the firm executes the job according to the agreed terms with Federal Government.
“We will ensure we look into the scope of work being executed by D.C Engineering Limited and address every form of dissatisfaction listed by the community in their petition, which was made available to our office,” she said.
She, however, commended DC Engineering Ltd and Olojuoro-road Joint Community Forum for agreeing to resolve the crisis, which she noted was in the best interest of all stakeholders.
The lawmaker assured the community that the firm would not shy away from its responsibility in delivering a motorable road to the community.
“Participating in dialogues with concerned parties would help us on this issue. I got to know about the community’s petition, because my office was copied. While I commend the community for agreeing to meet at this roundtable meeting, I assure you that D.C Eng. Ltd would play its part in ensuring this road sees the light of the day,” Akande-Sadipe said.
Representative of D.C Engineering Ltd, Engr. Obafemi Olusola expressed the company’s readiness to adjust and intensify efforts in order to complete the road on time, noting that this has always been the cardinal policy of the company.
Mr. Tajudeen Ahmed, who spoke on behalf of Olojuoro road Joint Community Forum, described Akande-Sadipe as a responsive Representative and appreciated her concerted efforts.
He also expressed hope that with her intervention, the road would soon be completed.