Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Mr. BabatundeRaji Fashola said some of the abandoned road projects in Osun State left incomplete by the past administration would be completed by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government.
Represented by the Federal Controller of Works in Osun State, Engineer Ezekiah Kehinde, on Media inspection tour of all the Federal Government projects in the state, disclosed that the Federal Government considered those projects as fundamental for the socioeconomic survival of the people in those areas.
Some of the abandoned projects include Gbongan-Iwo Road, Ilesha-Osogbo Road, Construction of Illie Bridge, Ile-ife-Ifewara Road, and Mayfair-Lagere Road among others.
“The rate at which several important projects were abandoned in the state became a source of worry for this administration upon assumption of office; hence the urgent need for prompt intervention.
“The Federal Government considered those projects as fundamental for the socioeconomic survival of the people in those areas, which informed the urgency in which those contractors were brought back to site and outstanding debts were cleared.
“Also, four more projects were added, totalling N8.45 billion, which include the construction of Ila-Ora-Ekanmeje Road, and emergency intervention at Ibodi-Ilesha Road among others.
“It would have amounted to waste of resources and insensitivity on the part of government if those projects were left there abandoned, after spending several billions to mobilise contractors to site.
“I can authoritatively tell you now that the Federal Government is not owing any contractor a dime any longer,” he said.