Amid unrestrained commendations for the successful execution of Light-Up Oyo project, Phase One, which saw some major roads and streets in Ibadan come alive with lights deploying Smart LED street-lighting technology, the Oyo State Governor, Engr Seyi Makinde, hsd kicked-off the second phase of the Light-Up Oyo Project, in Ogbomoso town.
The Governor also kicked-off the construction of the 3-kilometre Under-G-LAUTECH Road.
Governor Makinde stressed the importance of the Light-Up Oyo Project to the economic expansion and security enhancement agenda of his administration, stating that, with the coming on board of the project, residents will feel more at peace to carry out economic activities in a more secure environment.
Speaking on Wednesday, September 2, 2020, at thee inauguration of these projects, Engr Makinde said the same political opposition who have been posturing about 2023 were roundly rejected by the people in 2019, stating that such politicians have nothing to offer by trying to distract him with talks about 2023.
He asked them to calm down, as, according to him, it is too early to start talking about second term.
Engr Makinde stated that even if he decides not to seek re-election in 2023, the State will not fall into the hands of charlatans anymore.
The Governor, according to a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Mr Taiwo Adisa, said the project is expected to cover 223.8 kilometres of roads across all the zones of the State, commending the State’s Bureau of Public Procurement for saving the State over a billion Naira after it vetted the original proposal.
The second phase of the Light-Up Oyo Project, was awarded at the cost of Twenty Eight Billion, Three Hundred and Sixty Million, Nine Hundred and Seventy Five Thousand, Six Hundred and Nine Naira, Seventy Six Kobo (₦28,360,975,609.76).
He added that the second phase of the Light-Up Oyo Project is expected to be completed within nine months, noting that the first phase in Ibadan is already at 87.5 per cent completion.
Engr Makinde stated that the phase one would have been 100 per cent completed but for the COVID-19 pandemic, which stopped a number of expatriates from making it to the country.
The project was awarded to Messrs Ledco Allied Enterprises, following what the Government saw as an impeccable track record brought to bear in carrying out the Phase One of the project and the smart LED street lighting technology used for the project, which was first of its kind in Oyo State in terms of the magnitude of deployment, efficiency and financial commitment.
According to the Project Consultant, Governor Makinde’s recognition of security as the first requirement for development is the driving force behind the Light-Up Project, which, he noted, will, apart from providing illumination, have Wifi and CCTV Cameras incorporated into it.
Governor Makinde stated that the contract will be financed through Contractor’s Project Financing Scheme, with the Oyo State Government contributing initial counterpart fund of Two Billion, Eight Hundred and Thirty-Six Million, Ninety-Seven Thousand, Five Hundred and Sixty Naira, Ninety-Seven Kobo. (N2,836,097,560.97).
Earlier, the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Architect Adebowale Balogun, said the reconstruction of the 3.0km length of Under G-Stadium LAUTECH was aimed at eliminating friction and congestion and improving the capacity of the road.
He said the road will improve transportation for the road users, particularly the students and members of the University Community, saying: “The road is being constructed by Direct Intervention of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport at about 65 per cent the cost, if constructed by contract.