In the previous analysis, our analyst reported that the Osun state government awarded a number of infrastructural contracts in 2018 and 2019 with the expectation that they would be completed within three years. Available documents indicate that township roads, healthcare facilities, fire stations among others would be completed this year. According to the documents, a significant number of the projects were initiated by the administration of Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola. Having been elected in 2018, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola promised to advance the infrastructural development drive of the state.
In this piece, our analyst examines construction of 11 Fire Stations awarded and expected to be completed in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
One of the documents obtained by our analyst indicates that 5 of the stations have been completed, while 6 are in different stages of being completed. Each of the Station costs N20,294,922.17. Analysis reveals that 95% [N213,096,682.78] of N223,244,143.87, total cost of constructing the stations has been paid to the contractors that won the contracts in 2018. Fire station located in Ede was awarded to Dekfam Nigeria Limited.
According to the documents, Ilesa Fire Station was awarded to Davechem Industries Limited, while Abidave Nigeria Limited got opportunity of constructing Ipetu-Jesa Fire Station. Fire Stations in Esa-Oke, Ikire and Iwo were awarded to De-Kingly Nigeria Limited, Focus & Determination Global ventures Limited and Secura Investments Limited respectively.
Further examination of one of the documents reveals that Stations in Ilesa, Ife, Iwo, Ikire and Ipetu-Jesa are at 95% completion status while Esa-Oke Fire Station is at 75% status with payment of N15,221,191.63 to the contractor. Contractors handling Stations in Ilesa, Ife, Iwo, Ikire and Ipetu-Jesa have received N19,280,176.06 each. Based on the document, Stations in Ede, Erin Osun, Ila-Orangun, Ikirun and Ejigbo have been completed with the payment of N20,294,922.17 to each of the contractors. In 2019, Alhaji Isiaka Gboyega Oyetola commissioned some of the completed Stations.
However, reports indicate that the completed Stations have been overgrown with weeds and have also been without personnel. One of the reports says “It could not be ascertained whether the bushy environments of Ilesa, Erin-Osun and Ede stations had anytime been cleared this year .
With the current situations of the Stations, our analyst notes that swift response to possible fire incidents in the cities and towns during the dry season is likely not to be attained. This creates doubt on the vision and mission of the Osun Fire and Emergency Management Services and its intent of building a functional fire and emergency station in each local government area.