We‘re committed to making our roads safe –ODSG
By Evelyn Omotoye
The Ondo State Government has reiterated its commitment to ensure that roads across the state are safe for vehicles plying the roads are worthy.
The state Deputy Governor, Hon. Agboola Ajayi, made this known recently while inspecting facilities at the state Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service Centre, Akure.
The facilities, which were put in place by the state government in partnership with a private vehicle inspection company, Temple Resources would upon completion inspect vehicles to ascertain their road worthiness.
The Deputy Governor described the idea of the computerized inspection facilities as one of the measures government is putting in place to prevent road accidents by ensuring that vehicles plying the roads across the state are road worthy.
While noting that though some of the accidents could not be unconnected with the state of the roads, Ajayi said the Akeredolu-led government in the state is embarking on aggressive road constructions across the state to stem the tide.
Giving assurance that government would not compromise in the implementation of its policies aimed at safe guarding lives and properties, the Deputy Governor called for quick extension of the project to other areas of the state that are prone to accidents such as the Ore Sagamu-Benin roads.
His words:”On the part of government, we will continue to strengthen the institutions. What I mean by this is that in the enforcement aspect of it, our government will not compromise. We will ensure vehicles are inspected and certified for road worthiness.’
“There is no doubt, we have lost a lot of lives and resources due to these little little things. We also cannot rule out that it is not so unconnected to our bad roads. That is why government is doing everything to see that we massively construct roads across the state”, he added.
Earlier, the CEO of Temple Resources, Prince Segun Obayendo, who conducted the inspection team round the facilities, said series of tests would be run on vehicles ranging from physical to mechanical tests for road worthiness certification.
According to him, three centres of Akure, Ondo and Owo are currently being worked on while other centres would follow after the completion of the current ones.
The center according to Obayando, has the capacity to check about 120 vehicles daily.