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Oyo To Review Building Laws To Ensure Quality Structures

As part of its urban renewal drive, Oyo State Government has announced its readiness to review the building laws in the State, in order to align with the international best standard and modern aesthetics.

This was disclosed on Thursday by the Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof. Kehinde Sangodoyin, when he received a delegation from the State branch of the Nigerian Institute of Buildings, (NIOB) as the body celebrated the 2021 builder’s day.

The Commissioner stressed that although Oyo State does not experience building collapse like some other States, it was necessary to re-examine the laws that bother on building to make the outlook appealing and solid to stand the test of time.

Prof. Sangodoyin called on all professionals in the building industry to work as a team to achieve the desired result in the building industry.

He enjoined members of the institute to guide the noble profession aloft a greater height, adding that the relevance of NIOB was thinning out as a result of the works of other sister professions like architecture and civil engineers.

Sangodoyin assured the institute of the State Government’s intention to leverage on the partnership between her and the body to bring about better infrastructures in the State.

“This relationship we are forging will have better effect on social infrastructures in our State, it will give the people quality for their money when they put up structures, while public infrastructures will be better for it.

“I will want to assure you of the support of the Government of Oyo State in order to achieve this lofty goal and we call on your members to see core professionalism and discipline as important, so as to take your society to the height it deserves.”

The team leader who is the Chairman of the institute, Dr Akeem Wahab, said the institute was set out to ensure that buildings are solid in their construction and are done by professionals, as many quacks and unqualified individuals now take up the duties of professionals in the society.

He appealed to the State Government to engage their members in the State infrastructural development plan as they are willing to join in national building.

 

Wasiu Olatubosun (P.hd),

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Ibadan.

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Oyo Govt Orders Contractor out of Site After Termination of Contract

The Oyo State Government has asked the former contractor handling the Ibadan circular road, ENL Consortium, to stop all activities on the construction site with immediate effect, following the initial notice of termination of contract on August 31st, 2020.

The Commissioner for Public Works and Transport, Prof Dahud Sangodoyin visited the construction site to restate the Government’s stance and urged the contractor to evacuate the construction site as its services were no longer needed, as reflected in the disengagement letter.

Sangodoyin, who spoke with newsmen after the visit to the site, said the consortium’s contract was terminated after the progress of work was highly unsatisfactory within the timeframe of the contract.

He maintained that the work completed was below 10% after over three years of award and over one year after expected day of completion.

The State Commissioner said the project was valuable to the State economically and infrastructurally and would be re-awarded to a competent contractor who he said would deliver value and work within the terms of agreement and time frame of contract.

“The circular road is part of the development agenda of Governor Makinde, so we won’t abandon it but we have terminated the contract with the contractor on the job and we are going to open another phase to award to a competent contractor,” he said.

It will be recalled that the 32.2km road was awarded in May 2017, while construction commenced in September 2017 and was scheduled to be completed by 18th March, 2019 before the official contract termination order.

 

Signed:

Wasiu Olatubosun (P.hd),

Hon. Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Ibadan.

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Rural Community Roads: OYSROMA To Partner LG Chairs On Rehabilitation

Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, OYSROMA, has announced its readiness to collaborate with all the  Local Government and Local Council Development Authorities, LCDA administrations in (more…)

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Makinde Calls For List Of Community Roads For Urgent Repair

Oyo State Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde has called for the submission of list of roads in rural communities that needed urgent attention, in the areas of repair or reconstruction.

The call, which was made through the State Commissioner for Public Works, Infrastructure and Transportation, Professor Raphael Afonja at a meeting with Directors of Works of the thirty-three Local Government areas in the State on Wednesday, reinstated the administration’s poise to make quality road construction a culture in the State for sustainability.

“The Government has called for the submission of list of roads that need urgent repair or reconstruction in each Local Government, so as to make lives of the people at the rural communities meaningful and reduce urban drift as good road network in each community will aid commerce and empower the populace.

“The meeting also dwelt on the need to make quality road construction a culture in the State, it is foolhardy for any Government to appropriate money for roads that are shoddily done as the same road will need attention very early, so it is better we build roads that will stand the test of time,” Afonja hinted.

Professor Afonja added that the present administration has a twenty years plan for roads in the State, and thereby urged the Directors of Works at the Local Government areas to key into the program by ensuring the standardization of road projects at the grass-root level.

 

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Oyo names ex-Rep member, Akinlabi, chairman, Road Maintenance Agency

Oyo State Governor, Engineer Seyi Makinde, has approved the appointment of a former member of the House of Representatives, Honourable Kamil Akinlabi as the chairman of the Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency (OYSROMA).

A statement endorsed by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Makinde, Mr. Taiwo Adisa, confirmed that Akinlabi’s appointment takes immediate effect.

The statement further indicated that the Governor wished the newly-appointed OYSROMA chairman the best in his assignment.

Hon. Akinlabi, who served as member of the House of Representatives between 2007 and 2015, was until his appointment a member of the State’s Advisory Council and has also served as Special Adviser (Legislative Matters) in the Office of Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, between 2015 and 2019.

Born on November 7, 1965, Akinlabi was educated at the University of Philippine, where he bagged a Certificate in Public Procurement in 2009 and the Polytechnic Ibadan, Oyo State, where he obtained a Higher National Diploma (HND) certificate in Quantity Surveying in 1993.

He had his secondary education at the Isale-Oyo Community Grammar School, Oyo, between 1979 and 1984.

Hon. Akinlabi’s professional qualifications include membership of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (GNIQS), 1996; Corporate Membership, The Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (MNIQS), 2008; and Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FNIQS).

He had also managed a variety of projects including being appointed as Project Quantity Surveyor at COSTA PARTNERSHIP, Kaduna between 1995 and 1998.

He was Project Manager KINGFEM NIG Limited, Abuja between 1998 and 2001 as well as Executive Director at Apparent concerns limited, Abuja between 2001 and 2007.

While in the House of Representatives, Akinlabi served as Chairman, sub-committee of the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) between 2007 and 2009 as well as the Deputy Chairman, House Committee on Urban Development between 2009 and 2011.

During his second term in the House, between 2011 and 2015, he served as the Chairman House Committee on Youth Development.

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