Road: Ogun to give preference to indigenous contractors

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Maureen Ihua-Maduenyi

The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, says the state government will give indigenous contractors preference in the award of contracts for the construction of 171 rural roads in the state.

He said the state government on May 18, 2017 advertised in five national dailies its intention to construct 171 rural roads and 25 semi-urban roads across the state identifying three roads in each of the 20 local government areas and 37 local council development areas.

Adegbite was quoted in a statement signed by the ministry’s Head of Media, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso, as saying that the state government would also not stop other contractors from applying for the contracts.

He said, “Presently, there are so many contractors that are working for us including indigenous companies. But on the present jobs where we have requested for bids for the construction of the 171 rural roads and 25 semi-urban roads, deliberately we are saying they should be indigenous contractors.

 “While we are not stopping the big contractors from applying for the jobs, we are saying let our focus be on indigenous contractors in the 171 rural roads. Before any road will be considered for construction, the state government would have seen that it is a road that will maximally benefit everybody.”

 He said the insinuation that government was more interested in the construction of federal roads to the detriment of state roads, was wrong.

The commissioner said the government had constructed several state roads but hierarchy had always been considered.

“There is hierarchy when you are doing roads. Those that benefit more people, which are the spine or major roads, are the ones government will do first. We are not claiming that government ends with this administration; government is a continuum. If past administrations had been doing this, we would have found something else to do,” he said.

 Adegbite said all the roads constructed by the government were designed to last for 30 years and above, adding that the government had written a letter to the Federal Ministry of Works on the need for it to cede some of the roads to the state.

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