Oyo State Government, on Friday, approved the award of the contract for the construction of the 76.7km Iseyin/Fapote/Ogbomoso road at the cost of N43.1billion.
The Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Daud Sangodoyin, who made this announcement, while briefing journalists after the executive council meeting held at the Oyo State Secretariat, Agodi, Ibadan, said that the construction is expected to be completed in 13 months.
A statement by Mr. Taiwo Adisa, the Chief Press Secretary to Governor ‘Seyi Makinde, indicated that the road was awarded to two contractors to ensure timely delivery.
The commissioner said: “Today, at the 14th meeting of the Executive Council of Oyo State, we approved the award of the construction of Iseyin/Fapote/Ogbomoso Road, which is 76.7kilometres.
“The road is split into two simply because we want the road to be completed on time and to have quality construction. We also want it to be completed within 13 months.
“The first half is from Iseyin, where we have the Ansarudeen Mosque at Atori junction to Apinwo village, which is about 38.1kms.
“The other half is from Apinwo village to Randa Ogbomoso, which is about 38.7km. These two roads have two bridges, one each. The one on the Iseyin to Apinwo Road is 65 metres span, while the other one at Apinwo/ Randa axis is about 45 metres span with an underpass at the end of the Ogbomoso side.
“The total value for the road is about N43.1b. “The first half is N20b while the other is N23.1b. “The commencement of the process is immediate because the government is going to give an advance payment of thirty percent to the contractors.
“In January, we will also advance them another 20 per cent so that they must have done almost 75 per cent of the job before they can request for any other payment from the government.
“We are also trying to expedite the work during the dry season so that before we get to June/July, the substantial part of the work would have been done.
“The first part of the road is awarded to Messrs KOPEK Construction and the second part is awarded to Messrs Kremborg construction Ltd. These two contractors will be mobilised next week and hit the ground running on the job.”