Oyetola and Makinde announce rehabilitation of Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road


Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetolaand his Oyo State counterpart, Seyi Makinde, on Thursday announced the total reconstruction of the 91 km Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road which has been in a deplorable state for years.

The governments of Osun and Oyo states recently jointly awarded the reconstruction of the road to put a permanent end to the untold hardships faced by motorists and other road users.

It was even then that Governor Oyetola declared that by the special grace of God, he would be the one to command the project when completed. The road project is expected to be completed within 18 months.

The Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road, which is said to be of economic importance to both states, connects Ibadan, the capital of Oyo State and Osogbo, the capital of Osun State via different towns and villages, including the ancient city of Iwo.

The road which begins at the rotary intersections connecting it to Lagos-Ibadan on the Ibadan-Iwo-Osogbo and Ibadan-Oyo highways, was inherited by the two states when Osun was created from the former Oyo state in 1991.

The Osogbo-Iwo section had hitherto been in poor condition, wasting man hours and causing enormous socio-economic malaise for both states, especially given its status as the shortest route to Ibadan.

Many observers hailed Governors Oyetola and Makinde’s decision to work together to repair the road, despite their political affiliations, describing it as an encouraging development and a clear desire to separate politics from governance.

Speaking at the launch ceremony in Osogbo, Governor Oyetola said his administration considers the road project to be of utmost importance, noting that the award for the reconstruction of the road further demonstrates his government’s commitment. to the development of state infrastructure and the well-being of the population. citizens.

He added that the Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road project flag represents another fulfillment of his election promise to the citizens of Osun, especially the Iwo people.

Mr Oyetola revealed that the road contract was awarded through the e-procurement process as contractors who demonstrated their ability to meet specifications were allowed to bid for the contract.

According to him, the award of the Osun section of the road contract, measuring approximately 55 km, was done through a transparent bidding process which saw Messrs. Peculiar Ultimate Concerns Limited, having obtained the highest number of points, awarded the contract for the sum of N11,309,932,939.00.

He further said that the reconstruction of the Osun section of the Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road will be completed within 18 months as it is also expected to be executed in two main segments.

“The first segment, the dualisation of Osogbo (Dele Yes Sir Roundabout) to Sawmill, (Ido Osun) has a total length of approximately 2.8 km, a carriageway of 7.3 m in width on each side of the road separated by a 2.0 m wide median, 1.0 m hard shoulders on each side of the carriageways and a 1.5 m wide footbridge on each side of the road, equipped with public energy lighting solar.

“The Dele Yes Sir roundabout and the islands will be adorned with a spectacular landscape that will bring out the beauty of Osogbo as the capital of Osun and a hub of culture.

“The second segment which will start from the sawmill (Ido Osun) and end at the border of Oyo State, with a total length of 52.6 km, will be a single carriageway with a width of 7 .3 m and a hard shoulder 1.5 m wide. This section of road will also have to provide adequate hydraulic works with a thorough treatment of the problematic sections by the provision of filter bed, the removal of unsuitable materials and the improvement of the vertical layout of the road.

“In general, the Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road, which has the best alignment in the entire South West, will be completely covered after all the necessary problem sections have been addressed.

“This road project will undoubtedly further boost the socio-economic activities of our dear State, in particular because it adds to the massive road networks that our administration had unleashed on the State. We hope that the immediate beneficiary cities and other parts of the state will take advantage of the road for personal economic gains,” Oyetola added.

In his address, Governor Makinde of Oyo described the Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan road project as a revolution aimed at strengthening the bond of unity and cohesion between Oyo and Osun states.

Mr Makinde disclosed that 12.5 billion naira would be spent to rebuild the state-owned section of the road, saying that with what Osun would spend, the two states would spend a total of 24 billion naira on the project.

He praised Governor Oyetola’s collaborative effort to advance the cause of the state since taking office.

“Today, I am here to say a unique world. This is a revolution happening in South West Nigeria as it is yet another time that history is being made. I firmly believe that what we are witnessing today is in fact a revolution. Indeed, the road in question was built by the government of the Western Region of the late Obafemi Awolowo. We thank God that another story is being made by Governor Adegboyega Oyetola and myself.

“This revolution led us to change the formal way of doing things. In the past, the states did their things separately, but now we are continuing to collaborate with our sister states.

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“We started with one of the biggest collaborations that led to the creation of the western security network named Amotekun, it happened because we put our people first. Also, just recently, we celebrated another one that brought us together and Oyetola became part of LAUTECH’s co-ownership history.

“So, I join Oyetola, and together today we are writing history. We will connect our beloved states with road projects. I must recognize that we have both demonstrated that politics must be left aside so that governance and the interests of citizens must come first.

“The revolution we are leading is a revolution of thought, of ideas and we say that governance must be at the forefront of history putting the interest of our people first.

“This is the revolution we are talking about. This latest collaboration will bring democracy dividends that will strengthen trade and commerce. With its completion, we are saving lives and times of people traveling from Osun to Oyo and indeed, we are putting money in the pockets of our people,” Makinde said.

Speaking on the specifications and socio-economic benefits of the road for the people of Osun, State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Remi Omowaye, said the people of Osun State, especially motorists, have much to gain from the project.

Mr. Omowaye, who commended the two state governments for their quick response and collaboration in the successful construction of the road, assured that Osun would do everything to meet the specifications by deploying the necessary mechanism to achieve the target set.

In addition, Oyo State Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, said that the state decided to embark on the reconstruction of the road, convinced of the socio-economic benefits that the population of the state would benefit.

According to him, the 35.6 km section of the Oyo State-owned road, when completed, would greatly contribute to boosting the economies of the two states, enhancing regional integration, enhancing collaboration in security as well as stimulating socio-economic activities and agro-industry.

The contractor in charge of the Osun section of the Osogbo-Iwo-Ibadan project and the managing director of Peculiar Ultimate Concerns, Olanrewaju Adeleke, promised to deliver quality work and in record time.

SOURCE: Osun State Governor’s Chief Press Secretary’s Office.

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