Fresh facts have emerged on how the administration of former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola awarded multi-million naira contract for the construction and rehabilitation of six major roads across the state that were abandoned last year at below 50 per cent completion level.
According to the investigations, under this plan, only the Ikoyi-Oranran-Farm Settlement road out of all the roads awarded in 2006 was completed while the others were abandoned at less than 50 per cent stage.
Contract for the construction of the roads were awarded by Oyinlola in 2006 to construction firm which soon abandoned site and left the jobs unattended to.
As at October, 2010, before the Oyinlola administration was kicked out by the Court of Appeal, Ibadan, the percentage of progress of work on the contracts was abandoned at best, at 49 per cent level.
The controversial contracts awarded by Oyinlola and nick-named Seven Priority Roads included the construction of 16.59 kilometre Ijebu-Jesa-Ere-Ijesa-Ibokun road with 5.5 carriage way.
The rehabilitation of the 24 kilometre Ile-Ife- Famia-Akinlalu extension to Ibadan/Ife express road, rehabilitation of 30 kilometre Ejigbo-Ife-Odan-Oyo State boundary road, and rehabilitation of 19.70 kilometreOsu-Iloba-Kajola road.
The construction of 13.6 kilometres Egbeda-Iragbiji road was only completed when the job was transferred to Direct Labour.
All the roads were awarded as rural roads just connecting rural areas with urban centres.
Determined to bring succour to people in these affected areas; all the abandoned projects have been kick-started again by Aregbesola’s administration.
Apart from this, while Oyinlola awarded the roads with 5.5 meters carriageway, Aregbesola directed that these roads should be widened to 7.5 metres with 50/80 millimetres thick ashphaltic layer.
Governor Aregbesola has consistently been seeking the completion of the linkage with Ijebu-Igbo federal road and Ibadan-Ife expressway in order to ease transportation to Lagos State through Ogun rather than the mandatory journey through Ibadan in Oyo State.
The Osogbo-Gbongan-Ago Owu-Ijebu-Igbo-Lagos road project was part of the benefits of rural integration which all states controlled by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) have now adopted for economic transformation of the Western part of Nigeria.
Aregbesola has since directed that construction should resume on these roads where works are still in progress.