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ODSG delivers  300km roads, starts 9.2km Ogbagi-Arigidi Akoko road, others

By Adekola Afolabi


As the administration of Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, clocked five years in office, the Commissioner for Infrastructure, Lands and Housing, Mr. Raimi Aminu, has revealed that over 300 kilometres road projects have been completed by the government.

He also disclosed that another  100 kilometres roads are currently ongoing and  at various stages of completion.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with The Hope, Aminu explained that the road projects  spread across the three Senatorial Districts of the state were parts of the  infrastructural drives of the governor to boost socio-economic activities.

This is coming as the government has completed the  9 kilometres Ikaramu-Akunnu Akoko road project in Akoko North-East Local Government Area of the  State.

Equally, the 4.66 kilometres Ikare-Akoko township dualisation road  project is 85 percent completed.

Aminu, who led other officials of the Ministry on inspection of the road projects, expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done.

He explained that the 9-kilometre Ikaramu-Akunnu Akoko road links the Northern Senatorial District of the state to the Northern part of the country.

He disclosed that all the road projects being executed by the present administration were constructed to standard and specifications, and would last long.

The commissioner advised the people in the affected communities to take ownership of the projects and ensure proper use of the roads to serve its purpose.

Aminu revealed that government was aware of heavy vehicular movements on the completed 9km Ikaramu-Akunnu road, hence it has been designed to confront that challenge.

In separate responses, some residents of the community including Aderingboye Adedayo, Segun Akinola and Olukoju Olumide thanked the governor for fulfilling the promise made to them.

According to them, when the governor visited the community prior to the 2020 governorship election  and promised to construct the road, they did  not believe  him.

The people who could not hide their joy said the road was a nightmare for  road users, giving kidnappers opportunity to kidnap their victims before the governor’s intervention.

The residents described Akeredolu as a tested and credible leader who keeps his words, adding that the road project would greatly improve social and economic activities in the community and its environs.

On 4.66kilometre Ikare Akoko township dual-carriage road, the commissioner assured that the project will be completed and ready for commission in a couple of weeks.

He noted that the project ought to have been completed earlier than this, if not for some challenges encountered.

“In some sections you see underground water spiling out when you open. In some areas too which was plain without any crack when we were doing  the design, we  discovered that  most of the materials underneath were unsuitable.

“Some areas we escavated more than 1.5metre before we can get suitable soil. So, those things hindered the progress of work. But we thank God the contractor is equal to the task. All of us working together, we were able to tackle the challenges”, he stressed

In the same vein, the state government has commenced the construction of the 9.2km Ogbagi-Arigidi Virgin Road.

Aminu, while addressing reporters during an inspection of the project, disclosed that the road was expected to be completed within 24months.

According to him, as a virgin road all the necessary factors have been taken into consideration during the design stage.

Aminu lauded the contractor handling the project for the pace of work, saying that all the hydraulic structures, particularly the major culverts of different sizes across the road have been put in place.

Some community leaders who spoke on behalf of Owa of Ogbagi Akoko, Oba Victor Adetona, while receiving Engr Raimi Aminu and his team  included the  Sasere of Ogbagi Akoko, High Chief Akingbade Sanusi; the Asoje of Uso, (Ogbagi Akoko), Chief Clement Oluwadare Ojo and Chief Moses Olorunfemi.

They particularly appreciated Governor Akeredolu for putting an end to the suffering of the poeple of Ogbagi and the neighbouring communities, adding that the poeple would ever remain grateful to the Governor.


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