Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has approved the immediate rehabilitation and reconstruction of eight road projects in various zones across the state.
The Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Professor Raphael Afonja, who made the disclosure on Friday, said infrastructural development remained a key focus of the Makinde administration.
In a statement made available to newsmen, the Commissioner quoted the governor as saying that his administration was prepared to uplift of infrastructure in the state, adding that the government would ensure that adequate attention is given to road infrastructure that target the economic expansion drive of the state.
Afonja stated that the determination to ensure infrastructural growth in the state informed the decision of Governor Makinde to devote a large chunk of the 2020 budget (23.93 percent) to that sector.
He reiterated the decision of the administration to institute a culture of quality road construction in the state, adding that the government was ready to build roads that would stand the test of time.
According to the Commissioner, the present administration in Oyo State has a 20-year plan for road sustainability.
“Governor Seyi Makinde has also given approval for reconstruction of failed hydraulic structures in different geographical zones across the state.
“Some of our major roads within the state have been disconnected and this is occasioned by the collapse and dilapidation of the hydraulic structures (bridges and culverts) on these roads during the last year raining season,” he said.
Afonja added that engineers from the Ministry of Public Works and Infrastructure have visited the locations of the affected hydraulic structures, while necessary appraisal reports have been submitted.
The Commissioner stated that the carefully selected roads from the various zones of the state, which were approved by Makinde for rehabilitation and reconstruction include:
1. Airport -Ajia-New Ife Express way with spur to Amuloko (21km)
2. Apete-Awotan-Akufo junction road (12.0km)
3. Saki-Ogbooro-Igboho (44.70Km).
4. Reconstruction of Under G-Stadium-LAUTECH Gate Road, Ogbomoso (3.0km)
5. Takie-FGGC Road, Ogbomoso (2.5km)
6. Reconstruction of Isaba-Ogundoyin Road, Eruwa (2.50Km)
7. Rehabilitation of Gedu-Oroki-Sabo-Asipa Road, Oyo (5.20Km)
8. Akingbile-Lagbeja-Ajibode road (3.0Km)