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Osun to expend N5billion on 54.3km road

Osun State Government has disclosed that the proposed rehabilitation of 54.3km road projects that would be embarked on will cost the state the sum of N5,245,729,794.95.

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The government, in a press conference addressed by the Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Remi Omowaye after the State Executive Council Meeting on Monday, at the Governor’s Office, Abere, Osogbo said the road network would mitigate the hardship being experienced by the residents of the state.

While giving the breakdown of the roads, Omowaye revealed that five major roads had been approved by the Council across the three senatorial districts for reconstruction and rehabilitation.

According to him, the state will expend N1,569,734,774.00 for the construction and rehabilitation of Ada-Igbajo 13.15km road, while N644,734,203.03 will be expended to fix the 2.87km Akindeko-Awosuru link road via Adejumo street, with Oremeji spur, Akinlade Street, Adewale Street with a loop to WAEC road.

Omowaye further explained that a sum of N1,656,963,889.47 would be expended on the rehabilitation/complete overlay of 25.8km Army Barack (Ede) -Ara-Ejigbo township road, just as N835,138,000.54 will be expended for the rehabilitation and complete overlay of 8.10km Moro-Yakoyo-Ipetumodu-Asipa-Ife/Ibadan expressway junction road.

He added that the rehabilitation/complete overlay of 4.38km Ereja roundabout, Ereguru-Isaare-Oke, Oye-Sabo (Irojo)-Ilesa/Akure expressway junction will cost N539,158,927.91.

The commissioner noted that the project is going to be a ‘Contractor-Financing Project’ under the Alternative-Project-Funding-Approach (APFA).

He explained, “We are doing about five roads because this is not the first road. Since we came in, we have done about ten township roads but this is another phase of road projects that we are working on.

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“As we all know, the governor has said it clearly that he is going to run a participatory government. So, we carefully looked at the report carried out by the DFID Needs Assessment and the report of the Governor ‘Thank You’ tour, and based on that, we selected the roads that our people wanted us to do”, Omowaye stressed.

Also, the Commissioner for Information and Civic Orientation, Mrs. Funke Egbemode who jointly addresses newsmen said that the project would be completed within 12 months.

She said the administration of Governor Adegboyega Oyetola would continue to ensure the democratic dividends for the people of the State

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