Kwara Government says ninety per cent of its ongoing state projects are handled by local contractors
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on March 11, 2022
The kwara state government has said that ninety per cent of its ongoing over twenty infrastructural projects are being handled by local contractors.
Speaking with journalists in Ilorin, the state capital during an inspection visit to some of the ongoing projects, the state commissioner for Works, Engineer Suleiman Rotimi Iliasu, said that the projects such as roads and flyover projects are located in the three senatorial districts of the state.
The commissioner, who said that the state government had earlier collated a list of local contractors in the state at the inception of the administration towards patronizing them, added that government want indigenes of the state to get the best in what it is doing”.
He listed some of the projects to include dualization of Yebumot-Adeta Roundabout-Oloje road, General Babatunde Idiagbon flyover at Tanke, Tanke-Oke Odo ring road, St. Clair’s road, Offa, Banni township road in Kaiama local government, Osi-Obbo road.
Others include Abdul Azeez-Oja Oba road, Ilorin, Ibrahim Taiwo-Ita Amodu road, Ilesa-Baruba Gwanara road, Ilesa-Baruba township road, Owode-Ofara-Alabe road, Ooloru township road in Moro local government, Lanwa road, Otte and Eyenkorin roads leading to Balah community in the Asa local government area.
Engineer Iliasu said that most of the infrastructural projects were aimed to attract investors, adding that investors always want to see what governments have on ground before they come in.
Also speaking at the Babatunde Idiagbon flyover site at Tanke, Ilorin, the chief resident engineer of the project, Engineer Joseph Bamgboye, said that the flyover is a major project connecting four major axis in the state capital.
Engineer Bamgboye, who is also the assistant director, Kwara state ministry of Works, said that the flyover project would solve persistent traffic gridlock in the area, “with about 80 per cent of the traffic volume from the University of Ilorin”.
At the site of Tanke-Oke Odo ring road project, Engineer Omolola Awolola from the ministry of Works, said that the 1.85 kilometre with 7.3 metres width is a feeder road to such densely populated and farming communities as Balogun and Jalala.