The Oyo State government has urged citizens and residents in the state to be careful and avoid anything that might cause fire outbreak during the harmattan season. The Government also said that the Senator Abiola Ajimobi’s administration would continue to support the Fire Services Department to ensure that it performs its life-saving functions effectively.

The State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Wasiu Dauda, who gave this admonition during a courtesy call by Members of the Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport recently, also cautioned motorists and other road users to be patient while driving during and after the festive period to avoid unnecessary roads mishap.

Mr. Dauda said that the government understands the fact that people tend to need the fire service department and its officials a lot in this period and thus the government is working assiduously within its tight revenue to ensure that the operating vehicles and equipment of the State Fire Services function effectively. Dauda added that the government has also directed the Vehicle Inspection Officers in the state to ensure that motorists and other road users comply with roads’ rules and codes.

Responding, the Chairman, Oyo State House of Assembly Committee on Works and Transport Honourable Adesola Sangodipe charged the state government to urgently address the shortcomings in the fire service department and consequently urge officers of the Vehicle Inspection Officers department to be prudent in their operations and always remit the Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) to government coffers appropriately.

Also, in a similar development, the State House of Assembly has applauded Governor Abiola Ajimobi for his commitment towards the development of the State through road infrastructure despite the state’s dwindling revenue.

The Majority Leader of the House, Hon. Kehinde. Subair, representing Ibadan South West Constituency 1, who is also a member of the House Committee on Works and Transport, gave this commendation during an inspection exercise of the committee to the reconstruction/rehabilitation of the Mobil-Oluyole-Wema Bank-Apata Road and the dualization of Efunsetan-Podo roundabout-Tollgate Interchange Phase II, both in Ibadan.Hon. Subair pointed out that the inspection is part of the oversight functions of the committee on any awarded project that the State government embarked upon to monitor and know if the project is done to specifications and standard.

While appreciating the Governor, Hon. Subair said that Senator Ajimobi understands the plight of the citizens because he executes environment/business friendly projects, adding that development and businesses can only thrive in a conducive environment with good and accessible roads that will attract foreign and local investors.

“The Committee is very satisfied with the level of the projects, all the measurements are accurate and the thickness of the asphalt is realistic. We also commend the Ministry of Works and Transport for playing their part by supervising the projects the contractors handling the projects, Adold Engineering Development Company Limited and Hitech Construction Company respectively have carried out the projects according to specifications.

He concluded that there would be the easy movement of vehicles and less traffic gridlock especially along Apata-Odo Ona road and appealed to the people of the area to make use of the road judiciously as the present administration would do more to fulfill its electioneering campaign promises.


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