By Adekola Afolabi
Ondo state Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu yesterday commissioned Akure-Ijoka/Idanre road amidst commendations by the people.
The total length of the road with spur to Oke-Iya and Igisogba Roads is 16.75km.
The Governor was joined during the commissioning of the road project by his deputy, Lucky Aiyedatiwa, the state Acting Chairman of the APC, Ade Adetimehin, the Owa of Idanre, Oba Fredrick Aroloye, among several other dignitaries.
Akeredolu who described the project as life-impacting, said his administration remained irrevocably committed to the continuous easy movement of persons and goods within and around the State.
He added that in spite of the deleterious effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, he has remained irrevocably committed to the completion of all ongoing projects, and would also embark on new ones within the available resources in his second term.
Akeredolu described the project as novel, pointing out that no previous administration has ever thought it expedient to construct the all-important road, which has been constructed within four years of his administration.
The Governor observed that the road project would greatly improve socioeconomic activities of the people, increase their disposable income by way of reduction in the wear and tear of the vehicles, reduce travel time, provide a new lease of life for the people by increasing the value of the adjoining property, among several other benefits.
He, however, warned individuals, political parties and groups against converting the new road to event centre, just as he advised the people in the affected areas to protect the road against all forms of damage including burning of tyres, spilling petroleum products, among others to make the project last longer for the people.
He specifically appealed to the people to consider the roads as their personal and collective heritage and resource which they owe a moral duty to protect and preserve.
“Every project that we have handled is a product of well-thought-out policy geared towards creating growth, economic development, galvanising employment and reducing crime. We shall continue to maintain this social contract with our people. I wish to let you know that this project is novel in the sense that no previous administration has ever thought it expedient to construct this all-important road, because there has only been a single road between Akure and Idanre.
“To put the records straight, what has transformed to a world class infrastructure before our very eyes today used to be a footpath between Akure and Idanre, accessible only during the dry seasons by timber trucks and motorcycles”, he added.
Akeredolu revealed that the road project is laced with functional hydraulic structures like 600mm x 600mm lined drains, culverts, with a solid stone- based base course, and 50mm thick layer wearing course.
“We are not unaware that traffic from the Akure – Idanre and vice versa would be diverted here and that is why we have designed and constructed a road that would be able to withstand the axle load pressures of worst conditions”, the Governor said.
Earlier in separate remarks, the Owa of Idanre, Oba Fredrick Aroloye, and the state acting chairman of APC, Ade Adetimehin who also hails from Idanre, expressed their gratitude to the Governor for fulfilling his promise to the people of the town.
Oba Aroloye specially appreciated the Governor for actualizing the construction of the road for the benefit of the people and development of all the affected areas particularly Idanre town and the adjoining communities.