Governor Seyi Makinde has said he stopped the Ibadan circular road project awarded by his predecessor, Abiola Ajimobi because he does not want the people of Oyo State to be shortchanged.
Naija News reports that former governor, Ajimobi awarded the 32-kilometre road, meant to connect the Lagos-Ibadan expressway to the Ibadan/Ife expressway at the cost of N67 billion.
Through his Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Taiwo Adisa, Makinde expressed his dissatisfaction at the pace of work at the site, during an inspection tour to the site at the Ibadan-Lagos expressway axis.
Makinde emphasised the importance of the road to the economy of Oyo State, adding that his administration remained determined to build infrastructures that will help to expand the economy of the State.
Speaking at the premises of the Broadcasting Corporation of Oyo State (BCOS), Ibadan, on Friday during the commissioning of the Satellite Audio Network of the corporation’s FM Station, Oluyole FM, Governor Makinde gave more reasons why he halted work on the road.
According to him, his administration is determined to do things properly, though it may take slightly longer.
Makinde said, “I am sure you must have heard that yesterday, we went to the site of the Ibadan Circular Road and issued a stop-work order. This is because we don’t want the people of Oyo State to be shortchanged in any way.
“With this commissioning, we can hear your feedbacks clearer even when you contribute to programmes on air. You can speak more and we will listen more. We will listen to everyone and respond with actions. We will respond by getting better.
“As I drove down for this commissioning, I could not help but think about the importance of communication to the development of any community. I believe if we can’t understand ourselves mutually, we can give different interpretations to what is happening around us.
“Of course, communication guarantees more feedbacks. The more feedbacks the leadership gets, the better the quality of the decision that will be made.”