From Yanju Uwala, Abeokuta
Members of the Ogun State House of Assembly Committee on works and Infrastructure have sought the need to strengthen the operations of the State Public Works Agency to enable it embark on massive road rehabilitations across the State.
The lawmakers led by the Committee Chairman, Abayomi Fasuwa, made the request during an interactive session with the Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Adesanya, his Permanent Secretary, Engr. Yusuf Lateef andGeneral Manager, State Public Works Agency, Gbenga Akintola at the Assembly Complex, Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, Ogun State capital.
Fasuwa in company of his Deputy, Oludaisi Elemide, Yusuf Adejojo, Tinuke Bello, Damilola Soneye and Kunle Sobukanla, commended the infrastructural development effort of Governor Dapo Abiodun led administration.
He also harped on the need to boost the independent operation of the State public Works Agency, noting that it had become imperative for the Ministry to equally improve on the supervision of all contractors handling the construction of road projects in all parts of the State to ensure the delivery of quality works.
The lawmakers in their respective submissions decried the deplorable conditions of roads in the State, pointing out that some of the roads previously delivered by contractors had been subjected to damages within the projects’ general liability period.
Requesting for palliatives on inner roads linking communities in towns across the State, the lawmakers counseled the Commissioner to look inwards towards maximizing available funds to construct and where necessary, rehabilitate more roads.
In their responses, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Adesanya and General Manager, OGPWA, Gbenga Akintola attributed the slow pace of road projects to paucity of funds, assuring that contractors would commence operations immediately the rains subsided.
Intimating the lawmakers of the increasing priority accorded to quality road construction by the Prince Dapo Abiodun-led administration, the duo noted that the State Government had continued to synergize with the Federal Government to fix some federal roads across the State.