By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed has flagged-off another road project, which is the dualisation of Kulende-University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital-Oke-Ose road, in Ilorin, the State capital, as part of his administration’s on-going infrastructure development projects under the newly established Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund, IF-K.
Speaking at the ceremony over the weekend, Ahmed said the 9km road, with a completion period of 18 months and awarded at a contract sum of N2.3b, is part of his administration’s commitment to providing infrastructure development in order to boost commercial activities across the state.
The governor, who called on the Federal Government to refund monies expended by the state on federal roads, said his administration would not delay compensation to the affected property owners.
He said: “We will ensure that this project and others across the state are executed in accordance with the design specifications and programme of work. Government will not relent in ensuring that all roads across the length and breadth of the state are made motorable.
“Indeed, the Kwara State Infrastructure Development Fund (IFK) provides a strong guarantee that this project, the Geri Alimi Split Diamond Interchange and other ongoing as well as new projects will be funded to completion within the life span of this administration.”
Earlier, the state’s Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahya, had explained that government was embarking on the project in order to reduce the inconveniences being experienced by commuters and motorists plying the route.
Alhaji Yahya urged the Contractor and Consultant handling the project to justify the confidence reposed in them by the state government and deliver quality job.
Other on-going projects inspected by Governor Ahmed were the GSS Fate Shopping Complex and the Hub Offices and Shopping Mall at Fate road under construction as well as Oke-Adinni-Taoheed, Basin road and the Kwara State Television (KWTV) at Apata Yakuba, where he expressed satisfaction with the levels of work done by contractors.