The Government of Oyo State has re-awarded the contract for the completion of the 7.2 kilometre Idi Ape-Basorun-Akobo- Odogbo Barracks road through the Alternative Project Funding Approach.
The contract, according to the state’s Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatubosun, was awarded to Messrs Fax Consults at the cost of N3,280,568,572.34.
This is coming on the heels of the commitment made by the state governor, Seyi Makinde, during the last media interaction on Independence Day that the government would re-award the contract in four weeks.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, indicated that the Commissioner, while briefing newsmen shortly after the State Executive Council meeting, added that the sum of N231, 100,000 has been approved for the payment of compensation claims on the road.
Olatubosun, who briefed newsmen alongside the Commissioner for Establishment and Training, Prof. Dauda Kehinde Shangodoyin, maintained that the road project would be completed through the Alternative Project Funding Approach, APFA, which will allow the state to pay after the contractor must have financed the project.
The Information Commissioner said: “We are here to brief you on the outcome of today’s EXCO meeting. The first one has to do with the completion of the 7.25km Idi Ape-Basorun-Akobo-Odogbo Barrack junction road dualisation project.
“We also approved the payment of compensation claims on the dualisation of that same road to the tune of N231,100,000 put forward by the Ministry of Works, Infrastructure and Transportation.”
Similarly, the Commissioner for Establishment, Shangodoyin, told newsmen that Governor Makinde’s administration has approved an upward review of maternity leave period for pregnant women and nursing mothers in the employment of the state
He added that the Council has also adopted the World Health Organisation (WHO) recommendation on exclusive breast-feeding of a child.
According to Shangodoyin, the Council, after deliberating on a memorandum for the review, agreed to an upward review of the leave from four to six months, weekends inclusive, with full payment of salaries and other benefits.
He stated, however, that the period of closing at 2 p.m. for six months has now been cancelled.
He said: “The Executive Council also approved that the leave shall commence from four weeks to the expected date of delivery and it shall be mandatory for beneficiaries to proceed for the four weeks pre-natal leave as specified in the civil service rule.
“Also, we approved that the review is for female employees of Oyo State Government only and it shall be enjoyed at most four times.”
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