By Ismaila Akanji, Ibadan
The Federal Government has reactivated the construction of the new Oyo-Ogbomoso expressway with the sum of N6 billion.
The the road, which is the second section of the Ibadan-Ilorin expressway, had been abandoned by past administrations.
The flag-off ceremony was performed by Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State at a ceremony attended by members of the National Assembly, top government officials and the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi on Monday.
Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola said the project would be completed in compliance with the Federal Government ‘s specification.
Fashola, who was represented by the Federal Comptroller of Works for the state, Mr Anya Omoregbe said that the ministry would ensure that Nigerians got good value for their money.
Minister for Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said that the resumption of works on the road linking the western part of the country with the north was a watershed.
Mohammed, who was represented by an official of the ministry, Mrs Dolapo Dosunmu, said the flag off was a confirmation of the reality of the transformation promised by the present administration in the country.
The minister recalled that the road had been abandoned by successive governments in the country, causing despair among the large number of its users.
Mohammed said that government would put in place an independent mechanism for monitoring the stage-by-stage advancement of the project to ensure prudent management of human and material resources.
Senetor Kabiru Gaya, the Chairman, Senate Committee on Works, said that some other roads in the state–old Oyo-Ogbomoso, Iseyin-Okeho, Akinmorin and Ibadan-Oyo—would be rehabilitated.
He said that the initial contractors for the Oyo-Ogbomoso road, PW Construction, would be summoned to explain the reasons for the shoddy job done.
Sen. Monsurat Sunmonu (APC-Oyo Central) commended President Muhammadu Buhari as well as Senate President Bukola Saraki and her colleagues for their support in making the road reactivation initiative a reality.