The Kwara State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Engr. Rotimi Illias said the present administration has worked on the rehabilitation of 143 roads since the inception of the administration of Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq in the last two and half years.
Speaking during an interview organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the Kwara State National Union of Journalists on Thursday in Ilorin, Ilyasu, said that the administration had also done maintenance works on over 200 roads in the three senatorial districts in the state within the period.
According to the commissioner, the roads included majorly rural roads, adding that asphaltic, interlock road construction and reconstruction, as well as rehabilitation, were carried out on them.
The commissioner also said that the state government had intensified monitoring and quality assessment measures on the roads among the contractors engaged, pleading with members of the public to desist from burning refuse in drainages which he said causes damage to the roads.
He said that the state government in collaboration with security agencies would embark on the arrest and prosecution of offenders, especially shop owners who were in the habit of constructing buildings on stepdown along the roads.
Ilyasu said, “There’s a need for attitudinal change among our people, especially artisans and shop owners along major roads in the state, particularly in the Ilorin metropolis. They gather refuse and burn it inside the drainages thus damaging the roads.
“What they don’t know is that the government would spend money meant for other people-oriented projects on the repair of the damaged roads. The state government would soon start prosecuting shop owners along such roads,” he said.
The commissioner, who cleared the air on the ongoing construction of a flyover at Tanke area of Ilorin metropolis, said that the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation had not taken the state government to court over the project against assumption in some quarters.
He said that contractor was continuing with work on the project, adding that the NNPC was also involved in the construction relating to its pipeline along the flyover project.
The Commissioner stated that “The work has not stopped on the Tanke flyover project. It is ongoing. It’s just that the contractor is taking professional consideration of the work to ensure a quality job,” while assuring that the project would be completed according to specification and within the specified time.
Ilyasu, who said that Governor Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq was committed to making Kwara State a better place adding that the state government was also embarking on the construction of some federal roads such as Kishi-Kaiama, Ilorin-Kabba, Ilesha Baruba-Yashikra-Chikanda, Share-Patigi road among others in different parts of the state.