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Oyo federal lawmaker, akande-sadipe wades into contractor, community crisis

Segun Showunmi in Ibadan

A Federal lawmaker, representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe has waded into  crisis between the  D.C Engineering Ltd. handling Olomi-Olodo-Ijebuigbo road, in Ibadan,. and the Olojuoro Road Joint community forum.

Penpushing reports that the relationship between the company  and  the forum, which consist of fourteen communities took a twist when executives of the forum wrote series of petitions against the firm to Federal Ministry of Works and Transport, Abuja and the House of Representatives accusing it of refusal to speed up work on the deplorable road and constructing narrow drainages that could cause erosion in the community among other allegations.

The petition attracted the attention of the Hon. Tolu Akande-Sadipe, Member representing Oluyole Federal Constituency at the Federal House of Representatives, who immediately scheduled and held a round table meeting with the aggrieved parties.

Penpushing further reports that at the peace meeting held on Thursday in Olomi, Ibadan, Hon. Akande-Sadipe, who is also promised her unwavering support and backing to guarantee the speedy completion of the road, which she described as one of the foremost projects on her checklist.

The lawmaker noted that the essence of the meeting was to find essential solutions to the brewing misunderstanding between the community and the firm on site and ensure the road which has been under construction in the community since 2018 becomes motorable before 2023.

Penpushing also reports that, she promised to scrutinize the engineering firm handling the site’s Bill of Quantity, scope of work and contractual agreement signed with the Federal Ministry of Works, Abuja.

The Chairman, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Affairs,  said she would bring speed with happenings about the road and ensure the firm executes the job according to the agreed terms with Federal Government.

“We will ensure we look into the scope of work being executed by D.C Engineering Limited and address every form of dissatisfaction listed by the Community in their petition, which was made available to our office”, she said.

The lawmaker  however commended DC Engineering ltd. and Olojuoro-road Joint Community Forum for agreeing to resolve the ‘crisis’, which she noted was in the best interest of all stakeholders.

Penpushing reports that, while Akande-Sadipe assured the community that the firm would not shy away from its responsibility in delivering a motorable road to the community,stated, “participating in dialogues with concerned parties would fast help us on this issue. I got to know about the community’s petition, because my office was copied’.

‘While I commend the community for agreeing to meet at this roundtable meeting, I assure you that D.C Eng. Ltd would play its part in ensuring this road sees the light of the day’, she stated.

Penpushing also reports that the representative of D.C Engineering ltd. Engr. Obafemi Olusola expressed the company’s readiness to adjust and intensify efforts at speedily providing access to the long-awaited infrastructure, noting that this has always been the cardinal policy of the company.

Meanwhile, Tajudeen Ahmed, who spoke on behalf of Olojuoro road Joint Community Forum, described Akande-Sadipe as a responsible representative and appreciated her concerted efforts, and also expressed hopes that with her intervention, the road would soon be completed.


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