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The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has approved N12.5 bn for the reconstruction, rehabilitation and dualisation of 35.6km Iwo Road Interchange-Olodo-Lalupon-Odo Oba Road.
According to a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, on Tuesday, this was disclosed to journalists by the state Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transport, Prof. Dahud Sangodoyin, shortly after the State Executive council meeting presided over by the Governor.
He said, “Today, we held the ninth of the Oyo State Executive Council meeting, and at the meeting, we approved the reconstruction, rehabilitation, and dualisation of the 35.6km road that links the Iwo Road interchange to Olodo Bank to Lalupon to Odo-Oba Bridge, which is a boundary between Oyo and Osun states.
“The road project is subdivided into three parts. The first is the 7.7km from Iwo Road interchange to Olodo Bridge. Also, we will extend the bridge to about 24 metres wide and 12 metres long. The contract sum is N12, 560,920,000 for a duration of 18 months.”
Also, as part of efforts to further strengthen the security architecture of the state, Makinde presented 10 operational vehicles to 10 Police Area Commands in the state.
The Governor, during the presentation in Agodi, Ibadan, said the vehicles were meant to assist the activities of the command and to boost the morale of the security men in the state.
He also charged the Oyo State Police Command to engage more in intelligence-gathering and community policing rather than running after the perpetrators after the crime has been committed.
In his remarks, the Commissioner of Police, Oyo State Command, Adebowale Williams, noted that the reinvigorated security strategies in the state had helped to reduce crimes to the barest minimum.