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Roads construction: Ondo contractors back to sites

By Adedotun Ajayi

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Akure residents, commuters and drivers have heaved a sigh of relief and hailed Ondo State Governor, Lucky Aiyedatiwa as contractors have now returned to construction sites.

This followed the order by the Governor directing contractors handling various road projects in the state to return to sites, some residents in the affected areas have continued to commend the Governor for the order.

Some residents of Oda Road where Oda dual carriage way construction is ongoing, lauded Governor Aiyedatiwa over the completion order.

A commercial driver, Mr Friday Barnabas, a trader, Mrs Tolu Akinbisehin and two motorcyclists, Babatunde Alabi and Ezekiel Afo, described the Governor’s order as a big relief for them as it will end their long time suffering on the road.

A visit to the construction sites showed that the contractors have returned to work as work continue on the projects site even till yesterday.

Aiyedatiwa at the weekend, through a statement released by his Chief Press Secretary, Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, ordered contractors handling road projects across the State to go back to sites immediately to ensure the timely completion of the projects.

This is just as the Governor approved the rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of 60 kilometers of roads across the state within the next three months.

Aiyedatiwa, who promised that all ongoing infrastructural projects in the state would be completed, directed the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to mobilise contractors back to the site to speed up work on the projects for early completion.

He expressed the determination of his administration to hit the ground running with the implementation of policies and programmes of government as scheduled and budgeted, ensuring timely payment for jobs done by contractors.

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Some of the projects to receive urgent attention, as directed by Aiyedatiwa, include the completion of Owo township dualization, completion of Oba Osupa-Oluwatuyi-Ijoka (Akure) dualization, completion of Oda dual carriage (Akure) and completion of Akure flyover at Onyearugbulem/Shagari-Irese road

Others include the construction of 15.89km selected roads in Ondo township, construction of Arigidi-Ogbagi Akoko road, construction of internal roads in Olusegun Agagu University of Technology, Okitipupa, Construction of Emure-Ile-Eporo road and rehabilitation and asphalt overlay of 18.65 km of selected roads in Akure.

The governor also approved the construction of selected roads in Akungba Akoko, the construction of selected roads in Igbobini and Ilaje, the reconstruction of the Oritaobele junction in Okeodu with a spur to Ipinsa Road and Maronu Street, the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Alagbaka GRA roads, and the rehabilitation of Bolorunduro-Fagbo Road.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Allen Idowu who conveyed the Governor’s directive to the contractors said the governor has expressed readiness to ensure that the needed resources are made available on time to encourage the contractor.

According to him, the contractors have also expressed their willingness to speed up work on the projects to meet the deadline set by the governor, saying that the officials of the ministry have also been mobilised to play their parts.

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