Fayemi flags off construction of 7km Ado-Iyin road
By Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti
In commemoration of his 100 days in office, Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on Thursday flagged off the construction of the 7.25 km Ado-Iyin road which was said to have originally been awarded in 1978 by the then military government, but was later abandoned.
Flagging off construction work on the road as part of activities marking his first 100 days in office, Fayemi explained that the construction of the road is long overdue considering the unsafe nature of the existing Ado-Iyin-Igede-Aramoko road which has winding and undulating alignments.
He said the construction of the dual carriage way would be completed within 15 months.
The Governor stated that the road will not only address the problem of alignments and reduce carnage on the old road, but would also have multiplier effects on commuters who use the road for longer journey.
“This is just one of the several abandoned projects we are determined to execute for the benefit of Ekiti kete. Just few weeks ago, I visited the secretariat and inspected another equally important project within the secretariat, a gigantic project at that”
” I am glad to inform you that One Billion Naira has been earmarked in the 2019 Budget of Restoration that I just signed this morning for the abandoned project to be resuscitated and completed”, he said.
While reassuring that his administration will not abandon any project, the Governor said all the ongoing projects of his predecessor, Ayodele Fayose are being given attention for completion for the use of the people.
Fayemi recalled that his government between 2010 and 2014 rehabilitated old roads and constructed new roads for the use of the people but the roads were left after he left office and are now in a state of disrepair.
“As a government, we understand and appreciate the importance of good road network to our economic development. Good road network will not only ease the stress of commuters, but will also enhance the marketability of our farm produce which is the mainstay of most of our people. The need for us to constantly rehabilitate old roads and open up new ones cannot be over-emphasized”, Fayemi said.
On the debt profile of the state, Fayemi said he met N155b including local loan on October 16, 2018 when he was inaugurated.
In his address, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Mr. Dele Agbede solicited the cooperation of residents along the route, especially those whose property may be affected by the dualization project.
Agbede noted that the road on completion, will boost socio-economic activities, reduce carnage, road user’s cost and travel time.
He added that streetlights and other aesthetics will be provided to enhance pleasurable driving experience on the road.
The programme which featured cultural display by the Ekiti State Cultural Troup, was attended by traditional rulers from various towns within the state, market women as well as party stalwarts to mention a few.