The lawmaker representing Oyo federal constituency in the House of Representatives, Hon. Prince Adeyemi Akeem (Skimeh), has urged the Federal Government to expedite action on the completion of Erelu Water Project and the ongoing construction of the Oyo-Ogbomoso axis of the Ibadan-Ilorin Expressway.
He stated this on Wednesday 25th at the Special Town Hall Meeting organised by the Federal Ministry of Information and Culture held at the Prof Theophilus Ogunlesi Hall at the University College Hospital, Ibadan.
While emphasising the need for a swift completion of the project and rehabilitation of the old Oyo-Ogbomoso road, Skimeh expressed dissatisfaction at the untold hardship experienced by commuters plying the old portion of the Oyo-Ogbomoso road; as heavy articulated vehicles have wreaked havoc on the state and local roads in Oyo metropolis.
In the same vein, he implored the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Husein Adamu, to see to the completion of the 1.4 billion naira Erelu Water Project; as this will help solve the perennial water shortage in Oyo Federal Constituency.
This is just as Skimeh, who is a son of the Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Adeyemi, narrated the early allocation of N1 billion for the project and solicited the release of the balance of 420 million naira.
Commending the efforts of the government, he said that he and the Senator representing Oyo Central Senatorial District, Hadjia Monsurat Sunmonu were able to source for some amount from the National Assembly to mobilise contractor back to the project site. He prayed for the inclusion of Erelu Water Project in the subsequent Federal Government’s appropriation bill.
Responding, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola, assured that the Federal Government, through Infrastructure Development Fund (IDF), had made provision for continuation of work on the dual carriageway. Also, reiterating the commitment of the government to welfare of the people, Mr Fashola said that the Oyo State Comptroller of Works had sent a 2.4 billion naira budget to the Ministry for the complete rehabilitation of the old Oyo-Ogbomoso road.
Expressing delight atAdeyemi’s concerns on behalf of his people, the Minister of Water Resources, Engineer Husein Adamu, stated the resolve of the Federal government to complete all abandoned project in the country. He assured that the Ministry will sort it out with the Ogun-Osun River Basin Authority on how the project can be completed.
Present at the occasion was the Executive Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi; Minister of Transportation, Mr Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Muhammed; traditional rulers and other stakeholders in the State