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Thursday, August 11, 2022

ODSG asphalts Ireakari road network

By Adekola Afolabi

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In spite of the torrential rain fall and dwindling resources, the Ondo State government has begun asphalt overlay of about four kilometres Ireakari Phase 2 road network in Akure.

The residents of the densely populated community, who could not hide their joy, took their time to appreciate the state government for remembering them in time of need.

Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, while inspecting the quality of work done on the project, said his administration would continue to do its best to bring good governance to the doorstep of the citizenry despite the dwindling resources available to the State.

Akeredolu who was represented by the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands and Housing, Engr Raimi Aminu, explained that his government would not relent in its commitment to fulfilling its electioneering campaign promises and putting smile on the faces of the poeple who elected him as their governor.

Aminu particularly appreciated  Governor Akeredolu, for his unwavering commitment to good governance in the state.

Aminu explained that the government is able to continue with its road projects even in the ongoing rainy season because of proper planning.

“In construction, it is not everytime that rain disturbs. It boils down to proper planning. If you plan very well when the rain is much, fixing your hydraulic structures- line drains, culverts and others. When the rain subsides, when you have fair weather you can do your earth works or pavement.

“So, due to proper planning you can see what we are doing now. We have very good contractors in Ondo state and they are all doing well”, Aminu said.

He added that the road had earlier been primed before the asphalt overlay began on Monday.

“Sometimes ago Mr Governor flagged off this project and he promised the poeple in this area, and the citizens at large that all the projects he embarked upon will be delivered by God’s grace. That is part of what we are seeing now.

“Talking about the financial aspect, throughout the world we know that there is financial crisis, not only in Nigeria. But we are lucky in Ondo state to have someone like Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, as our Governor at this time. Most states now, even in our neighbouring states, you will see that most of their contractors are not working at the moment because of the hike in prices of construction materials.

“Most of the contractors working for us now are working based on the good relationship and our integrity.

In the past we know how much we receive from Abuja, we know the position of our IGR. But with Mr Governor’s integrity and style of administration, the IGR has increased from N600m to about N2bn. Part of it we use to augment salary when we receive allocation from Abuja and part of it we use to pay our contractors and do other projects.

“And government has been trying its best. This is Ireakari Phase 2. We have completed Phase 1. And I can tell you categorical that none of government appointees is living here; no Commissioner, no Special Adviser.  Permanent Secretaries, top Directors are not living here. You know in the past, you must know high ranking person or have good connection before you can benefit from government. But Mr Governor has said it several times that whether you know Mr Governor or the commissioner or not, he will do what he is supposed to do.

“The Governor has been giving our poeple dividends of good governance. This is what you are seeing. You can see the residents here are very happy because they have not witnessed something like this since inception of the state “, Aminu noted.

He also said other ongoing projects including the 9km Oke-Odu/Ipinsa/Ilara and Orita Obele/Oke-Odu and several others will not stop as government is fully committed to their quick completion.

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