The Oyo State Government, in conjunction with the local government councils, is currently embarking on the rehabilitation/reconstruction of a total of 62 roads across all the 33 local government areas of the state at the cost of N5.3 billion.
A statement issued in Ibadan on Monday by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Media, Dr. Festus Adedayo, said that the rehabilitation/reconstruction of the affected roads had become necessary in view of their bad state owing to long years of neglect.
Adedayo also said that the roads were picked by the caretaker committee chairmen in their respective areas based on their levels of disrepair and the needs of the people.
The governor’s spokesman, who said that some of the roads were in over 50 per cent state of completion, added that the funds for the projects were drawn from the excess crude account.
He, however, said that the number of the roads to be rehabilitated per local government and the length of the roads varied from one council to the other.
Adedayo said that the Ajimobi administration decided to embark on mass reconstruction of the roads in order to improve on the road networking in the state and bring government closer to the people at the grassroots.
According to him, while a total sum of N1,667,535,398.75 is being expended on the roads under construction in Ibadan Zone, Oyo Zone will gulp N908,774,905.50; Ogbomoso Zone N760,815,499.50; Saki Zone N1,470,368,382 and Ibarapa Zone N458,747,461.75, all totaling N5,266,261,646.75.
In Ibadan Zone, the 1.35 kilometre Apapa Ojemo Road from Underpass to Primary School, Off Ibadan/Oyo Expressway, Ibadan is to be reconstructed for N150,353,490, while Yawiri Road, Off Akobo Ojurin and Eniosa-Onibepe, off Olorunda Aba in Lagelu Local Government Area will be rehabilitated at the total sum of N152,356,459.
In Ona-Ara Local Government, the construction of Oritamerin-Gangansi Road and Amuloko Market-COM D Bus Stop are already ongoing at the cost of N151,642,911, while the Bodija Market-Ojo Express Road as well as Alabiyamo-Arigidi Road, both in Ibadan North Local Government and Omi Adio-Iddo Road in Iddo Local Government Area also be constructed.
For Oyo Zone, roads like Lagbondoko-Alaadota-Oke Olola Road, Abdul Azeez Nursery/Primary School, Oke Odofin, Kosobo-Oke Boda Road, Awe, Ibadan/Oyo Expressway Junction-Old Ibadan/Oyo Road Junction by Iware Road; Dacamca Hotel/Tobacco Road; Oba Adeyemi High School-Agboganga, Oyo; General Hospital-Oke Odo Road, Ado Awaye and Conoil-Araromi-Ladogan Road, Iseyin are also being constructed.
The Ogbomoso Zone covers the construction of Waskha-Love Azeez Residence Road; Takie-Papa Adeyemo-Waterworks Road; Iwo Ate-Ife Odan Road; Idi Ede-Ahoro Dada-Ikoyi Ile Road as well as Ogbomoso-Iresapa-Iresadu Road.
In Saki Zone, some select roads in Saki East, Oorelope, Irepo, Saki West, Olorunsogo, Itesiwaju, Atisbo and Kajola are being rehabilitated while the General Hospital Road in Eruwa, Staff Quarters, State Hospital, Lanlate, Maternity Centre-adegoke Road, Igboora, Centra Mosque/Islamic Primary School, Idere, Oja Igboora-Oja Isale Oba, Igboora, Iwori Okugba Dam Road and Igagan-Aba Tapa Road among others in Ibarapa Zone are also among the roads being reconstructed.
Adedayo assured the people of the state that typical of the Ajimobi administration, the roads would be of high quality and would enhance easy passage of the people in the hinterland to the urban centres and vice versa.