5 December 2011

Nigeria: Govt Okays N12 Billion On 13 Road Projects

Ekiti State Government is to spend a total sum of N11,477,062,629.73 on 13 road projects, which will cut across 187.87kilometres. Consequently, the state government gave the contractors between six and 12 months to complete the projects.

The amount represents the cost of the contracts for the road projects which cut across most of the local government areas of the state, and approved by the State's Executive Council, culminating in the flag off of the roads by the Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.

Five of the road projects were flagged off by Fayemi in Ado-Ekiti, last week, just as he rounded off his tour of the local government areas.

According to the documents made available to newsmen in Ado-Ekiti at the weekend, the road projects in Ado-Ekiti, which would gulp about N5 billion include: the dualisation of Old Garage-Ojumose Road, (0.8kilometre, awarded at N866,872,873.13); dualisation of Atikankan- Post Office- First Baptist Church Road, (0.9 kilometre, awarded at N891,822,525.30); Ojumose-Basiri-Police Headquarters, Iyin Road, (4.9 kilometres, awarded at N1,488,054, 374.92); Fajuyi-University Teaching Hospital Road (1.65 kilometres, awarded at N447,544,063.50); and Ijigbo- Baptist College-Ilawe Road, (3.62 kilometres, awarded at N788,038,599.60).

Others are :Igede-Awo-Ido Road (24 kilometres, awarded at N995,662,458.00); Ikere-Igbaraodo Road, (19 kilometres, awarded at N494,815,781.25); Ikogosi-Ipole-Iloro-Efon Alaaye Road (24 kilometres, awarded at N877, 218,981.91); Ijan- Ise road (17 kilometres, awarded at N702,037,054.62) and Ijero-Ipoti-Ayetoro Road (17kilometre, awarded at N888,258,892.50).

The rest are Ilawe-Igbara Odo-Ibuji Road (17 kilometres, awarded at N894,698,043.75); Ikole-Ijesa-Isu-Iluomoba Road (23kilometre, awarded at N1,139,155,368.75) and Oye-Ikun-Otun Road (43kilometre, awarded at N1,002,883,612.50).

At a meeting with the contractors on Friday, in Ado-Ekiti , the Governor reminded them of the government's zero tolerance for shoddy job and warned them against entering into any deal with government officials, a development which the Governor said had accounted for poorly executed contracts in the past.

The governor, who said the bulk of the money for the road projects would be from the N20billion bond being sourced from the Capital Market and the money allocated for the Urban renewal project in the state budget, assured the contractors of prompt payment for the jobs, even as he said government would frown at anyone of them, who choose to embark on unnecessary holiday once their money are paid.

Fayemi told journalists after the parley that the state was entering a new phase of "see and feel", adding that having put in place necessary policy framework and legislative backing, Ekiti was bound to witness a more rapid development in the area of infrastructure development within the next 12 months.

"The next twelve months is crucial. It is a period of see and feel. Our people will feel the impact of the government like they have never felt before, especially in the areas of infrastructure development. We have laid the necessary foundation for a proper take off and nothing will stop us," the governor said.

While stating that the massive construction work that will commence in the state from this month would translate in employment and economic advantage for the people of the state, Fayemi said the 12 road projects terminated by his government last month would be re-awarded very soon.

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