ENL Consortium Limited, the contractor handling the 32-kilometre Ibadan Circular Road Project, has been ordered to vacate the site by the Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde.
The contract was awarded for N65b in May 2017 by the administration of Senator Abiola Ajimobi. But, two years down the line, less than 7% of the job has been done prompting Governor Makinde to issue a stop work order on Thursday during a site inspection visit.
The Ibadan Circular Road, off the Lagos/Ibadan Expressway, was designed to reduce traffic gridlock at Iwo Road Roundabout by connecting the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to the Ibadan/Ife expressway by leveraging on the Old Ife Road.
The governor openly expressed his disappointment and discontent with the pace of work, while reiterating the importance of the road to the economy of the state and his commitment to the development of economic infrastructure in the state.
His words, “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.”
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