By Mashe Umaru Gwamna
The Governor of Oyo State Abiola Ajimobi has urged the federal government to refund N33 billion Naria spent on reconstruction and rehabilitation of federal roads in the state.
Ajimobi made this demand while receiving the Minister of State ll for Power, Works and Housing, Suleiman Zarma .
The Governor who spoke through the Secretary to the State Government, Olalekan Alli declared that the first four years of his administration was committed to road construction and rehabilitation.
He stated that, ” A huge amount of money was expended on the projects and the money had yet to be refunded by the Federal Ministry of Works”.
Ajimobi said that the funds expended on such projects should at the completion of the projects be released to the states through the ministry in charge.
He, however, called for speedy completion of the Lagos -Ibadan expressway and the Oyo Ogbomoso expressway, which have claimed many lives.
Ajimobi said, “Roads in some parts of the state such as Iseyin-Okeho, Iseyin-Baasi-Ago-Are, Oyo-Iseyin and Saki Polytechnic and Saki Junction-Agric roads are all begging for urgent federal government intervention”.
He said that the state government would have embarked on the rehabilitation of the roads which he said were of economic importance to the state, but for paucity of funds.
He called on the federal government to hand over the maintenance of all federal roads in the country to the respective state governments.
The governor reiterated his administration’s support for the ongoing national housing projects in Ogbomoso and Ibadan.
He stated that the additional land requested by the Federal Ministry of Housing for the second phase of the housing project had been approved.
Ajimobi said that the necessary land documentation in terms of titles for both phases would be made available.
Zarma while speaking appreciated the state government’s hospitality, saying the delegation had visited Ekiti and Osun states.
He gave the assurance that the federal government was committed to completing its road projects across the country.