The Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) has expressed satisfaction with several capital projects undertaken by Governor AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq’s administration in Kwara State.
The council, mandated to regulate engineering practices nationwide, conducted an inspection of ongoing infrastructural projects as part of its oversight responsibilities.
Engineer Bashiru Lawal, Chairman of the COREN state technical committee in Kwara, led a team of experts on an inspection tour of key projects, including the Tunde Idiagbon flyover in the Tanke area of Ilorin, an 11-story building structure by the Kwara State Internal Revenue Service (KWIRS), and other personal infrastructure projects.
Lawal, addressing journalists, highlighted the structural soundness of the Tunde Idiagbon flyover, emphasizing its capability to withstand human and vehicular loads.
He commended the state government for addressing structural concerns, assuring the public that the bridge is safe for use.
“We are recommending that Tunde Idiagbon flyover is okay for vehicular and human traffic,” said Engineer Lawal, noting that the ongoing work on aesthetics was progressing well.
He advised the state government to continue with asphalting and urged proper maintenance upon completion.
The COREN technical expert expressed confidence in the engineers supervising the project and recommended ongoing reconstruction efforts to ensure the delivery of quality infrastructure.
Supervising Commissioner for Works, Abdul Quawiy Olododo, provided insights into the termination of the first contractor due to failure to deliver a quality job within the specified timeframe.
Olododo explained that the termination aimed to uphold the agreed-upon standards, including aesthetics.
“The bridge would be completed in the first quarter of next year,” he assured, acknowledging the procedural delays in terminating the first contract and ensuring a smooth transition to a contractor capable of meeting project specifications.