• Don’t deceive us with flag off, Ooni begs

From Lateef Dada, Osogbo

Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke, has announced that the newly flagged off flyover bridge at Lagere, Ile-Ife, will gulp N14.9 billion.

He said the 55.86 kilometers of roads to be constructed across the 30 local governments in the state were awarded at the cost of N30.6 billion.

Speaking at the flag-off in Ile-Ife, on Tuesday, Adeleke said “We are flagging off the flyover bridge at Lagere Junction as well as the commencement of 55 kilometers of roads across the 30 local governments and the area office.

“After compliance with the due process and procurement laws, the flyover bridge is awarded to Messrs Sammya Nigeria Limited at a total project cost of N14,938,924,771.45.

“The completion period is Twelve Months. Additionally, I flag off the construction of Local Government Roads totaling 55.86km at the cost of N30,677,814,099.42. This is also to have a completion period of twelve months.

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“I urge the various contractors and the host communities to partner closely for the successful execution of the projects. Community relations must never be downplayed,” Adeleke said.

Earlier, Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, appealed to Adeleke not to deceive his people in Ile-Ife with the flag off of the flyover but he should try and complete the project.

Adeleke had announced in October last year that his administration would complete five flyovers within twelve months across the three senatorial districts.

Ooni said, “I want to plead with the governor not to deceive us with the flag off but please help us to complete this project. Don’t just come here to cut the ribbon but please complete this overhead bridge you unveil today.

“Also, help us to rehabilitate bad roads in Ile-Ife and expand them if need be. Please don’t neglect us and we will continue to pray for you,” Ooni said.