The Government of Oyo State has approved the total reconstruction of the 65km Moniya/Ijaiye/Iseyin Road, linking the food basket of the state.
The state Commissioner for Infrastructure, Works and Transport, Prof Raphael Afonja, who revealed this at the end of the state executive council meeting said that the reviewed road work would cost N9.9 billion.
Also speaking at the briefing, the state Commissioner for Education, Prof. Dahud Shagodoyin confirmed the award of a N170 million contract for the printing of a 10-subject compendium for SS3 students.
A statement by the Special Assistant (Print Media) to the state Governor, Moses Alao, indicated that the road to be reconstructed connects Oke-Ogun, the food basket of the state to the state capital.
The statement also quoted the Commissioners as informing journalists at the briefing that the executive council had accepted to provide for e-training and skills development for teachers in public schools in the state.
The briefing was also attended by the state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Dr. Wasiu Olatunbosun.
The immediate past government of Senator Abiola Ajimobi had in February 2018, awarded the contract for the rehabilitation of the road at the cost of N7 billion, out of which N2 billion was paid to the Contractor who could not deliver on the terms.
Governor Seyi Makinde had to revoke the contract after lamenting the slow pace of work and shoddy job being done.
Afonja noted that several key components in the road project had been upgraded in other for it to be qualitative, long-lasting and fitted to serve the State better.
“Let me use this medium to announce to the Oyo State indigenes that, at the Executive Council meeting, Governor Seyi Makinde approved the total reconstruction of Moniya-Ijaye-Iseyin road which is an important road that will add value to the economy of the state.
Similarly, the Commissioner for Education, Shangodoyin, explained that the state government approved the printing of 100,000 copies of a compendium of past WASSCE questions, answers and marking schemes on 10 subjects, which it will distribute to SSS III students for free.
He maintained that the step was taken as part of the government’s commitment to delivering free and qualitative education to students of the State.
He said: "I like to report that the Executive Council met today and approved the production of 100,000 copies of compendium of WASSCE past questions and solutions in 10 subject areas for our public and private schools.
"We are to give this compendium free of charge to public and private schools in Oyo State and we have a caveat to say that this compendium is free of charge and not meant for sale.
“Also, we are going to address proprietors of private schools and principals of public schools on the modus operandi on the usage of the compendium.
"We also agreed that we will make enough publicity to sensitise the public on the importance of the compendium which is meant for the SS3 students in our state. This is because we want to improve on the performance rating of our students in external examinations.
"The Governor has also approved the provision for e-training of teachers in public schools in the state. Very soon, we will give time table to the public as to the skill development programme.
"On the recruitment of teachers, we have been given approval in principle. We are commencing the implementation process soon”.