Gov. Rauf Aregbesola of Osun on Friday said the state government would spend N16 billion to rehabilitate 218 kilometre roads in parts of the state.
The governor announced this in Osogbo while presenting 30% mobilisation fees to contractors handling the projects. The governor said the rehabilitation included some ongoing projects which were at different stages of completion.
Other projects, according to him, include 20 inter-city, 13 intra-city and eight roads inherited from the former administration of the state.
Aregbesola said the contractors were selected on merit from the list of those that scaled through pre-qualification test earlier carried out by the government.
The governor urged the contractors to be diligent in the execution of the projects and comply with the contractual agreements. He said the agreements included the laying of 50mm asphalt of stone base with concrete drain, where necessary.
The governor said the projects belonged to local governments, adding that they had been saving for it since 2010. Aregbesola said the intervention by the state government was only on quality control and financial engineering of N10 billion bank loan at a good rate and condition.
Earlier, Mr Kolapo Alimi, Commissioner for Local Governments and Chieftaincy Affairs, said efforts must be made to ensure a good job by the contractors. Responding on behalf of the contractors, Mr Shittu Adegoke, commended the government for its initiatives to develop the state.