- Governor Seyi Makinde has announced the revocation of the Moniya-Iseyin road contract in Oyo state
- The controversial contract was awarded during the administration of the immediate past government of the state
- The governor said even though the owner of the firm was known to him, he could not mix friendship with the business of governance
Oyo state governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has announced the revocation of the Moniya-Iseyin road contract awarded during the administration of the immediate past government for the sum of N7billion.
Governor Makinde, who made the disclosure while speaking at the launch of a $5 million agribusiness project initiative by Farmcrowdy, said that the road was central to the government's resolve to promote agribusiness.
According to him, the previous government awarded the contract to an engineering firm that did not have capacity to handle the project, adding that even though the owner of the firm was known to him, he could not mix friendship with the business of governance.
A statement by the chief press secretary to the governor, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, quoted the governor as saying that the contract was revoked to enable him address the challenges of moving farm produce around the state.
The governor added that the state government would go ahead to re-award the contract, noting that if when completed, the road would redress the challenges of moving farm produce from Oke Ogun area to Ibadan, the state capital.
The governor maintained that Oyo was ready for agribusiness, noting that since his administration had promised to expand the state’s economy through agribusiness, the state was set to turn farm settlements around.
He added that in line with his commitment on agriculture, the state government had a retreat on agribusiness in Cotonou, Benin Republic, noting that his government would execute the report of the retreat to the letter.
Speaking earlier, the executive adviser to Governor Makinde on agribusiness, Dr Akande, stated that agribusiness would take the centre stage in the state, noting that the state would explore the public private development partnership model to achieve its aim on agriculture.
Meanwhile, Governor Makinde on Wednesday, August 21, expressed the readiness of his government to take proactive measures that would help put an end to flooding in the state.
Governor Makinde, who was represented by the secretary to the state government, Mrs. Olubamiwo Adeosun, made the pledge at the closing ceremony of the workshop on Ibadan flood forecast, early warning and implementation support programme held in the state capital.
The governor stated that his government would readily support the implementation of the Ibadan Urban Flood Management (IUFMP) and other ongoing intervention projects in the state.
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