The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has ordered the stoppage of work on the construction of the Ibadan circular road project awarded in May 2017. The road was meant to connect the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the Ibadan-Ife Expressway.
A statement signed by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, quoted Makinde as deploring the discouraging pace of work at the site, during an inspection tour to the site at the Ibadan-Lagos expressway axis.
Makinde says his administration remained determined to build infrastructures that will help to expand the economy of the State.
Governor Makinde said, “What we saw was not encouraging. The agreement was signed in 2017, almost three years now. The work done so far was at 5 percent or 5.5 percent. We just felt we need to pull back a little bit, look at things holistically and then take a decision in order to move forward. The circular road is extremely important to the economy of Oyo State and if a contractor can only achieve 5 percent in three years, you can imagine how many years it will take to complete the road.”
Makinde then expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction at the level of work done by the contractor, ENL Consortium Limited, saying he was unhappy and unimpressed with what he observed on the site. He added the concession was of about N67 billion for a 32-kilometer road.