Reps Task FG On Construction Of Iwaraja-Ilesha/Ile Ife Federal Highway

Members of the House Of Representatives have tasked the Federal Government to construct the dilapidated Iwaraja-Ijesha/Ile Ife highway. 

The resolution was passed sequel to the adoption of a motion sponsored by Hon Lawrence Babatunde Ayeni, who expressed grave concern over avoidable death on the affected portion of the road.

In his lead debate, Hon Ayeni applauded the resolution of the Federal Executive Council (FEC) observed that approved the sum of N109.4 billion for the construction of Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife and Kano-Katsina (Phase two) dual carriageways, on Wednesday, 25 September 2019.

According to him, out of the total amount approved, the sum of N79.8 billion which covers a distance of 112 kilometres was approved for the Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife dual carriageway.

“The House is aware that the Minister of Works and Housing affirmed that the Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife highway is one of the busiest roads in the country in terms of traffic volume.

“The House is worried that 13 months after the FEC approval, no visible construction has been carried out on the 112-kilometre Ibadan-Ilesha-Ife road which was awarded to Kopek Construction Company with a three-year completion period.

“The House is also aware that the high rate of road accidents on the said road is a result of its dilapidated state, particularly at the Iwaraja junction axis and the criminal along the Ibadan road, especially at Iwaraja junction have taken advantage of the deplorable state of the road to carry out their criminal activities,” he noted.

In the bid to ensure the safety of motorists and other road users along the Iloko Ijesha–Ibadan-Ife-Illesha expressway, the House mandated the Committees on Police Affairs and Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) to liaise with relevant security and regulatory agencies to ensure the safety of commuters on the Ibadan-IfeIllesha federal highway

To this end, the House tasked the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to, as a matter of urgency, commence rehabilitation of the Ibadan-Ife-Ilesha road to Iwaraja junction.

In the order to ensure timely execution of the project, the House mandated the joint Committees on Appropriations, Finance and Works to include the reconstruction of Iloko Ijesha to Ibadan-Ife-Illesha highway in the 2022 budget estimates, and report back within 4 weeks for further legislative action.

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