From Musliudeen Adebayo
Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State on Thursday issued a stop work order in respect of the construction of the Ibadan circular road project.
It was gathered that the project was awarded by the immediate past governor of the state, Mr. Abiola Ajimobi in May 2017.
The 32-kilometre was said to have been awarded at the cost of N67 billion to ENL Consortium Limited.
But, Makinde who paid a visit to the site of the Circular Road, off the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, said that the level of the work was not encouraging.
He then ordered that the ongoing project be stopped with immediate effect.
The Governor emphasised the significance of the Circular Road, declaring that the road was of utmost importance to the economy of Oyo State.
He also stated that his administration remained determined to build infrastructure that will help to expand the economy of the state.
Makinde said, “Basically, what we saw was not encouraging.
“The agreement was signed in 2017, almost three years now. The work done so far was at 5 per cent or 5.5 per cent. Also, this was a concession of about N65 billion for a 32-kilometre road.
“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 per cent in three years, you can imagine how many years it will take to complete the road.”
Makinde expressed disappointment and dissatisfaction at the level of work done by the contractor.
He said that he was unhappy and unimpressed with what he observed on the site.