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Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa Road’ll boost S’West’s economy – FG

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FEDERAL government says its giant strides in the construction of good road networks across the country will improve commerce, facilitate growth and national development.

  The Southwest Director of Highways, Federal Ministry of Works, Adedamola Kuti made this known while carrying out an on-the spot-assessment of the ongoing construction of the Ibadan-Ife-Ilesa Road on Thursday.

  While inspecting the multibillion-naira project, the Zonal Director of Highways, Federal Ministry of works said the road which links other parts of Southwest would boost economy within the region.

  While hinting that the project is a very strategic road in the southwest region, he added that the road will help ease the movement of people and also reduce gridlock on the road as well as reduce damage to vehicles caused by bad roads.

  Mr Kuti appealed to the commuters plying the road to obey speed limit along Ibadan-Ife-Ilesha Road

  The project manager of the company handling the project, Pascal Harfouch said the scope of work on the road is excellent

  The 180km Ibadan-Ife-Ilesha dual carriage road was awarded by the federal government in 2020.

  The construction of the project which was initially put on hold as a result of COVID-19 pandemic is now undergoing complete rehabilitation beginning from Iwo road end of Ibadan.

  Also inspected was the 52 kilometres Oyo-Ogbomosho-Ilorin Road. Mr Kuti said interaction between the North and South would improve when the road finally becomes operational.

  Speaking during the inspection exercise, the contract manager of Reynolds Construction Company (RCC), Israel Jacob explained that the project commenced at the 43 kilometres portion of the road.

  While he further stated that the project is already in its 50 per cent of completion, he noted that it will be concluded before the end of 2023.

  On his part, Oyo State Federal Controller of Works, Kayode Ibrahim said Oyo-Ogbomosho-Ilorin Road, when finally completed, would reduce the time limit of commuters travelling within the axis

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