By: Ade Adeleke
The ongoing Flyover that is being constructed by the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led administration in Ore, over Benin-Ijebu ode -Lagos expressway will cost less than six billion naira, SUNSHINETRUTH investigation has revealed.
It was exclusively gathered that the project was approved by the federal government when Governor Akeredolu agreed to fund it according to specification of the federal ministry of works.
The major opposition party in the state (PDP) through its spokesman, Mr Zadok Akintoye had demanded the coat of the project through social media platform while the state government officials told him to make his request through the state ministry of works.
However, A source at the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing confirmed to SUNSHINETRUTH that although the road is an expressway that belongs to the federal government, the ministry had approved the Ondo state government request to construct the flyover.
”Yes the road is an expressway. It’s a trunk A road which belongs to the federal government. As such, any constriction to be done by any state government must have the approval of the federal government.
”We do not just stop at approval level, we do not allow states to benchmark and cost project of that magnitude for us. We do the benchmarking and costing and as well approve the drawings and the engineering designs so that we will know what we are paying for at the end of the day.
”In the case of the Ore flyover, it is not different at all. We conducted our assessment and did the design, benchmarking and costing as well as the drawings before we gave the approval.
”So it’s now left for the state government to commit funds into the project. It’s a risk because such projects for which states have been committed are there in Abuja unpaid for upward of fifteen years.
The source said ”So the governor insisted that he would take the risk, e did the needful and handed to him our terms and specifications for the project which is less than N6billion.
“The Ondo State government cannot change what we have done in terms of cost. So all the issues around cost of the project are unnecessary. People are free to come to us for details if they wish to so do.
In the meantime, the Flyover project has attained 65% completion.
Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu revealed this during a visit to the project site in Odigbo Local Government Area of Ondo State.
Represented by the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Saka Yusuf-Ogunleye, governor Akeredolu explained that the project would have been completed earlier but for unfavourable weather.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Lands, Works and Infrastructure, Mr Raimi Aminu, described the project as one Kilometre length with 60 meters bridge
The S.A added that the Flyover would be completed on or before the end of the year.
Earlier, the Commissioner for Information and Orientation,
Mr Donald Ojogo, said the project was informed by the incessant carnage in the axis.
The commissioner added that the state government was not only committed to taking risks, but also ensuring continual better standard of living for the state residents.