Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State has vowed that neither he nor any of his aides would demand money in bribes from any contractor handling various projects in the state.
The governor said this in Ibadan during the flag-off of the reconstruction of Apete and Ayeye bidges.
He had earlier on Wednesday flagged off the reconstruction of the Bodija/Secretariat Road and Ogbere Babanla bridges.
The governor also vowed that his administration would not compromise on the standard and quality of any project that would be executed in the state during his tenure.
“We have many substandard projects in the state because contractors had given bunches of the money to government functionaries as reward or gratification for getting the jobs.
“But for us, we will never collect a kobo from any contractor because we don’t want any contractor to have any excuse for not delivering good quality job.
“The contractors should not hesitate to tell me of anybody who demands money or anything from them.
“There is no room for corruption and corrupt elements in this government,’’ Mr. Ajimobi said
The governor expressed regrets that so many lives and property were lost as a result of the August 26 flood disaster, saying the incident inflicted untold hardship on the people of the state.
He said the reconstruction of Apete and Ayeye bridges was dear to his heart as it would open up the areas for further development.
“We will continue to serve the best interests of not only the residents of Apete and Ayeye but the entire people of the state.
“This is the first step to many other good things that will be coming to Oyo State,” Ajimobi said.
He called on President Goodluck Jonathan to come to the rescue of the state in the reconstruction of some of the bridges and roads affected by the flood.
“President Jonathan was here (in Ibadan) shortly after the flood during which he made a lot of promises, and he meant well.
“But probably because of several commitments, he has not made good his promises. So, I am appealing to him and other well-meaning Nigerians to come to the aid of the state so that we can fix some of the roads and bridges, and thus prevent a re-occurrence of the disaster,’’ he said.