APC, PDP Bicker over Planned N8bn Iwo-Road Interchange Construction 

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Oyo State chapter of the All Progressives Congress has criticised the State government plan to spend 8bn on the reconstruction of the popular Iwo-Road Interchange in Ibadan.

The party in a statement issued by its Assistant Publicity Secretary, Prince Ayobami Adejumo described the move as a misplaced priority as well as an attempt to squander government resources.

APC alleged that Makinde’s administration was now popular for building castle in the air in demonstration of its gross incompetence and avowed desire for mismanaging public funds.

Makinde had on Friday announced the plan of his administration to reconstruct the popular Iwo-Road with 8bn at Adogba Mosque where he solicited the support of the worshipers at the mosque to pave way for the construction.

The opposition party in the state, however, questioned the motif behind the project, stressing that the project has already been covered in two Federal Government approved projects.

“The question on the lips of many people now bothers on how the cost of N8billion was arrived at even when no picture of the proposed picture has been shown to the world. What is the scope of the reconstruction project and where are the engineering designs that culminated in the contract sum? Was there any due diligence before the cost was arrived at and when did the consultants carry out their survey of the proposed site? Where is the Bill of Quantity (BoQ) and when did the relevant office advertise for Tender to be made?” the party queried.

However, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in a statement issued by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Akeem Olatunji, accused APC of showing disregard for the state economy which, it said, had been bleeding owing to loss of several man-hours due to perennial traffic congestion at the interchange.

The ruling party further said the criticism of the planned expansion of the interchange is a demonstration of the opposition party’s insensitivity to the plight of commuters in the axis.

“Makinde is not only on point with the decision to reconstruct Iwo Road, but has also shown his humane character by choosing to directly explain the developmental objectives to the people around the area.

“It will shock the APC to note that the people who worship at the Adogba mosque and others who will be affected by the demolition exercise have gladly adopted the governor’s decision, following the interface,” the party said.