OrderPaperToday- The House of Representatives has passed a motion mandating its committee on Works and Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to liaise with the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency with a view to bringing about the rehabilitation of Ende Junction-Ore-Ilie-Ilosin/Ogbomoso road and expedite action on the construction of the abandoned bridge connecting Ilie to adjoining communities within Osun State.
Moving the motion, Mr. Afolabi Rasheed Olalekan (APC, Osun) said the deplorable state of Ikirun-Eko Ende Junction-Ore- Ilie-Iosin/Ogbomoso Road and the abandoned Ilie bridge connecting the town to Ikirun, Eko Ajala, Eko Ende, Ore, Olowosoke, Agbeye and Ilie to Ogbomoso in Oyo State needed immediate rehabilitation.
According to him, “the contract for the design and construction of Ilie bridge over River Erinle in Osun State was awarded by the then Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housinmg to Messrs MM & IF Integrated Nigeria Limited at the cost of N494,696,895.00 in 2011 with the expected date of completion in 2012, but it is yet to be completed.
He added that “another contract for augmentation of the subsisting contract for additional work and review of the rates for construction of the bridge was awarded by the then Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to Messrs MM & IF Integrated Nigeria Limited at the cost of N2, 546, 757, 559.10 in 2018 with an expected date of completion in December 2020, and yet the contractor has not mobilised to site.”
The lawmaker further expressed concerns over the absence of a connecting bridge along the dilapidated road which has been aggravating environmental degradation and erosion scourge in the vicinity leading to flooding of people’s farmlands and homes.
He also lamented that the aforementioned bridge was vital in serving as a link between the adjoining communities, adding that its current state is making movement difficult and hampering the transportation of agricultural produce from the predominantly farming communities to the urban centres.
Mr. Afolabi, therefore, called for urgent action to be taken to alleviate the hardship and suffering occasioned by the flood ravaging the area.
The motion was unanimously adopted and referred to the committee on Works and FERMA for further legislative input.