GOVERNOR of Oyo State Seyi Makinde said his administration is set to spend about 8 billion nairas for expansion of the Iwo road interchange, but his decision has attracted condemnation from the opposition party, All Progressive Congress (APC).
Makinde during his visit to Adogba Central Mosque at Iwo- Road appealed to the congregation that the mosque would be demolished so as to give way for the reconstruction of the road. But he assured the congregation that land will be provided for the construction of another mosque.
The project scheduled to be completed in eleven months would cost the Oyo State government nearly N8 billion, the governor has said.
However, APC has criticized the plan as a misplaced priority and a means to squander public funds.
In a statement signed by Ayobami Adejumo, APC Oyo State publicity secretary, Makinde administration is depicted as incompetent, with an avowed desire for mismanagement of public funds.
The opposition said there is no record of the presentation of the project at the state executive council meeting.
PDP in a swift response to APC’s attack released a statement signed by Oyo state PDP publicity secretary Akeem Olatunji, who said that the criticism of the APC is borne out of their disregard of the impact of the several manhour wasted due to traffic congestion at the interchange.
PDP described the APC’s reaction as a show of shame, noting that the immediate past governor, Abiola Ajimobi spent eight years “romancing” the Iwo Road problem.
“Let us place it on record that Iwo Road is not just a segment of a road located within the Oyo State capital, it is an interchange that has become the melting point of all travelers within Nigeria as it brings those coming from the North face-to-face with travelers across the South West, South-South and South-East as well”.