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Baruten: Rains, Major Challenge Facing Road Completion



Efforts are being made by the Kwara state government to ensure the timely completion ofthe Ilesha-Baruba/Gwanara road in Baruten local government area of the state. Upon completion, the road is expected to promote inter-state economic activities and facilitate trade between traders in Nigeria and their counterparts in Benin Republic and Togo. Oladipo Magaji reports.

The contractor handling the ongoing construction of 32 kilometres Ilesha-Baruba-Gwanara road in Baruten local government area of Kwara state, has assured that the project would be completed on schedule.

The contractor, Hassan Diap of Duravil Engineering Limited gave the assurance when the state’s commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya inspected the project.

Diap said that his company was doing everything possible to ensure that the project is completed on time, adding that they suspended their usual rainy season leave as part of efforts to achieve this.

He disclosed that 16 kilometres of the road had been cleared and that surface dressing of 8.5 kilometres had been done.  He added that they are also constructing drainage and culvert to protect the road.

The contractor promised to accelerate the pace of work once the rainy season is over, noting that rains have been a major challenge to them.

Yahaya reiterated the state government’s commitment to the timely completion of the road project, and assured that the project will not be abandoned.

“We assure the people of Ilesha-Baruba and Gwanara that this project will not be abandoned, as it has been captured under the Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund, IF-K module,” he added.

The commissioner disclosed that the state government will next month release additional funds to the contractor in charge of the project and other contractors handling various projects across the State.

He explained that when completed, the Ilesha-Baruba/Gwanara road would promote inter-state economic activities and facilitate trade between traders in Nigeria and their counterparts in Benin Republic and Togo.

The commissioner later visited the site of the ongoing construction of the Kwara State University, KWASU, College of Agriculture in Ilesha-Baruba to check the progress of work.

Meanwhile, the nine towns under Oro Kingdom in Irepodun local government of Kwara State, have commended the state governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed for implementing developmental projects and programmes in the kingdom.

The National President of Oro Descendants Union (ODU), Alh Tunji Balogun gave the commendation when he led other executive members of the union on a courtesy visit to the governor in Ilorin, the state capital.

Balogun lauded Governor Ahmed for granting their request for upgrading the Kwara State College of Education, Oro, to a degree-awarding institution.

He also mentioned the construction of Oloro palace road, Okerimi road, Police Station to Ijomu-oro road, among other projects and programmes implemented by the state government in Oro.

While thanking the governor for all these projects, the union requested among others for the upgrading of the stool of Oloro of Oro to a first class status, government’s intervention on connecting roads within Oro kingdom, supply of transformers, urgent rehabilitation of Oro General Hospital and improvement in water situation in Oro.

Responding, Governor Ahmed thanked them for the visit and for acknowledging his administration’s developmental projects and programmes.

He stressed that the state government had outlined more projects for the kingdom and other parts of the state, but that their execution has been affected by the current financial situation occasioned by dwindling allocation.

Ahmed noted that this led the government to reform its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) collection system and the subsequent introduction of Kwara Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K), which according to him, is enabling the government to implement projects on a gradual basis.

The governor disclosed that Oro General Hospital is among health facilities scheduled for complete overhaul in the State’s 2018 budget, and that the government is currently in the process of acquiring electricity transformers for installation in different parts of the state. He added that the government is also working on improving water situation in different parts of the state including Oro Kingdom.

Speaking further, Governor Ahmed said that rural roads in Oro are among several roads highlighted for rehabilitation under the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP), which he said will commence in September, 2018.