Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo State has ordered a stop on the construction of the Ibadan circular road project awarded in May 2017.
Concise News understands that Makinde issued the order on Thursday for the 32-kilometre road meant to link the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway to the Ibadan/Ife Expressway.
The road project was awarded by the immediate past governor Abiola Ajimobi at N67 billion.
However, Makinde during an inspection tour to the site at the Ibadan-Lagos Expressway axis lamented the slow rate of work.
“Basically, what we saw was not encouraging. The agreement was signed in 2017, almost three years now. The work done so far was at 5 per cent or 5.5 per cent,” he said.
“Also, this was a concession of about N67 billion for a 32-kilometre road. We just felt we need to pull back a little bit, look at things holistically and then take a decision in order to move forward.
“The circular road is extremely important to the economy of Oyo State and if a contractor can only achieve 5 per cent in three years, you can imagine how many years it will take to complete the road.”
This is as he expressed disappointment at the level of work done by the contractor ENL Consortium Limited, adding that he was unimpressed with what he saw on the site.