Gov. Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara State on Friday flagged on the N2.3bn dualization of Kulende-UITH-Oke-Ose road in Ilorin with an assurance that the project will be completed in 18 months.
Ahmed said the federal government owned A 9 km road was a reflection of his administration’s commitment to implement major infrastructural projects, boost commercial activities and uplift the people.
He explained that the state’s intervention on the road had validated government’s responsiveness to the plight of motorists.
The governor said the tremendous population growth witnessed in Ilorin metropolis led to increased pressure on infrastructure.
Ahmed assured that all owners of property affected by the dualization will be paid compensation once assessments were completed.
According to him, the state government will ensure that the project and others are executed in accordance with the design specifications and programme of work.
Gov Abdulfatah Ahmed
The governor called on the Federal Government to refund the monies expended by the state government on the road and other federal government’s roads across the state.
According to the governor, the refund will enable the state government to have additional funds to invest on more roads and other people-oriented projects.
Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya said government awarded the contract to expand the road in 2012 from Kulende junction to Oyun-bridge.
This, he said was to reduce the inconvenience experienced by commuters and motorists plying the route.
Yahaya urged the contractor and the consultant to justify the confidence reposed in them by the atate government by completing the project on schedule.