The Oyo State government has been implored to put end to approval for the erection of buildings and other structures on the right-of-way of the Oyo-Ogbomosho highway.
Mr. Funsho Adebiyi, the Director of Highways, Federal Ministry of Works, made the appeal on Saturday in Oyo town while addressing newsmen after an inspection tour of the 53-kilometre Oyo-Ogbomosho dual carriageway, which is under construction.
According to Adebiyi, who was accompanied by the Oyo State Controller of Works, in the Ministry, Mr. Kayode Ibrahim, explained that
there was no building at the initial stage of designing the road.
“But as soon as the work started, structures started emerging on roads’ right of ways and they are now asking us for compensation.
“This is not right; the state government should please have mercy on us and stop approving structures on our right of ways, where they know our men are working because it is creating a problem for us.
“Also the state government should stop approving illegal mining along our alignment.
He decried the sand mining activities on the road alignment, saying such had been making earth-work difficult in the road construction.
“What we could have used as earth-work have been mined off and we were forced to bring in materials from another borrowed pit to fill the already mined alignment. So, the cost of haulage is increasing the cost of our construction work,” the director said.
He added, “On the main alignment there was the presence of rock that needed to be evacuated through blasting but couldn’t do that because of the closeness of the structures.
“Such structures can collapse and kill its occupants if we carry out the blasting. So, we have to use other expensive technique to blast the rock.
Our correspondent reports that the road is the second section of Ibadan-Ilorin road and a subsection of a major trunk A1 road, which originated from Apapa Wharf in Lagos and terminates in Sokoto State.
The construction of the road is being handled by Reynolds Construction Company.