By Matthew Denis
The Kwara State Government has reiterated its commitment to complete all ongoing projects across the three Senatorial Districts of the state.
The Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Jamiudeen Yahaya made the disclosure during the Media Parliament at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) secretariat in Ilorin on Tuesday, adding that the state government have disbursed the sum of N7 billion through the Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K) to contractors handling various projects from December 2016 to date.
The IF-K was conceptualised by the Kwara State Government in September, 2016 to serve as a sustainable means of funding infrastructural projects.
Speaking during the interactive session, the Commissioner said, “We have resolved to pull all resources together to achieve major projects in the state.
“We have disbursed the sum of N7 billion to contractors since December 2016 to date for the various completed and ongoing projects in the state, he said.”
On the number of completed projects under the present administration, the Commissioner stated that 20 have been completed, including inherited ones, adding that seven projects are near completion and 18 others ongoing across the state.
Yahaya listed some of the completed projects as construction of Oniju road at Babanloma, rehabilitation of Oko Bridge, Henry George/Agbo Oba road, Obbo-Ile-Isapa road.
Also Henry George/Unilorin mini campus roundabout road, Offa- Irra road, Umar Audi/ Fate Roundabout, Gerewu Road phase 1, Kokorokan/Isale Aluko, Aran-Orin township road among others.
Some of the ongoing projects under the IF-K, according to him include Pipeline Bridge, Amule Saraki Bridge, Coca-Cola road, Oke Opin township road, Egbejila road, dualisation of Kulende/Sango/Oyun/Oke-Ose road, all in Ilorin.
The Commissioner stated that the government has also approached the federal government and secured approval to rehabilitate federal roads in the state in order to ease the challenge faced by those plying those roads.
On the ongoing Geri-Alimi underpass, Yahaya said it will be delivered 12 months from now, adding that economic activities of the area will be boosted upon completion of the project.
The Commissioner said another area where the state government had intervened to make life more meaningful to the people is the Mass Transport Scheme (MTS), which was launched recently.
On the Cargo Terminal at the Ilorin International Airport, he stated that the state government is still negotiating with the FG and other stakeholders to improve the facility.
Earlier, the Kwara State NUJ Chairman, Mallam Abdulkareem Abiodun said the essence of this Media Parliament is to assess the performance of top government functionaries.
The event was graced by the Commissioner for Information and Communications, Alhaji Mahmoud Babatunde Ajeigbe, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communications to the Governor, Dr Muideen Akorede and the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Transport, Alhaji Ayo Yuuf and Director of Civil Engineering in the ministry, Alh. Folorunsho Billiameen.