Oyo state Governnor Engineer oluseyi Abiodun Makinde has implored the contractor handling the expansion of Ogbere-Tioya river banks under the Ibadan Urban Flood Management Project (IUFMP) to provide alternative routes before blocking the bridge for vehicular movement.
This was in response to the earlier blockade of the road by the contractors, which led to congestion of traffic movement and difficulty for residents of the area.
This was made known in a statement released on Monday by Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Hon Wasiu Olatubosun.
The Commissioner for Environment and Water Resources, Dr. Idowu Oyeleke who visited the project site alongside the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Dr. Bashir Olanrewaju after he learnt of the blockade created said as good as the river bank expansion project was, the greater good was for the people that would benefit from it to be given better alternative route to ply till the project would be completed.
Oyeleke said: “I got the information this morning from a fellow Commissioner that tension has been high over the blockade of the road without a better alternative, the alternative given by the contractor, as can be seen is not known to many people and it is chaotic, so we have removed the blockade until we can find better alternative that will be accessible and convenient for the people.
“We were told that some people want to take the opportunity created by this tension to spark crisis in the area and we will not allow such to happen, this intervention is to nip crisis in the bud.”
The Commissioner later held a meeting with the management of IUFMP and the representatives of the consultant on the project where an ultimatum of three days was given for the agency to work with the contractor and find a better option for a route to be used in the meantime before the major roads could be blocked.