As part of deliberate efforts to improve the socio- economic development of every part of Kwara state, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed has flagged off the construction of Osi- Obo Aiyegunle road in Ekiti local government area of the state. OLADIPO MAGAJI reports.
Despite its lean purse and few months to the end of his eight- year rule, the Kwara state governor, Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed during the week flagged off the construction of Osi- Obbo Aiyegunle road.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Ahmed expressed delight that the aspirations of the people for infrastructure in Ekiti local government area, as in other parts of the state, were gradually being met by his administration.
Alongside the ongoing construction of Kwara State University Satellite Campus, Osi and the imminent completion of Oke-Opin township Road, this flag-off testifies to our determination to ensure no part of our state is devoid of infrastructure development, the governor enthused.
He said the state government embarked on the road project to ameliorate the hardship experienced by motorists and commuters along the Osi-Obbo Aiyegunle-Ekiti boundary axis.
He said the route is significant not only to the Kwara state government but also to the inhabitants of Osi-Obbo-Aiyegunle and adjoining communities in the state.
He added that upon completion, the road will open up those communities for improved commerce as well as stress-free commuting and driving, adding that socio-economic activities in the area will also receive the necessary boost at the end of the project.
He added:”On our part, my administration will ensure that this project is consistent with the design specifications and programme of work. Our government will also not relent in making roads the state in the state more motorable.
“Indeed, our Infrastructure Development Fund (IF-K), which is based on taxes paid by our people, has financed several projects including this and others that are currently ongoing across the state.
In this senatorial district, these projects include Share-Oke Ode Road, Anilelerin Road, Offa, Oke-Opin Township Road, Offa-Ipe Road, Ilala Bridge, KWASU Satellite Campus, Osi, among others.
“I am also pleased to note the existence in this zone of several other road projects funded by the state government through non-IFK platforms.
“Among them are Oniju Street, Babanloma, Oloro Palace Road, Oke Rimi Road, Oro, Arandun-Rore-Aran-Orin-Ipetu Road, Oko Bridge, Oro Ago and Erin-Ile-Ilemona Road, to mention a few.
“It is also gratifying to note that Ekiti and Oke Ero are among the Local Government Areas accommodated in the Rural Access and Agricultural Marketing Project (RAAMP) road programme scheduled for next month.
“Specifically, we have included four major road projects spanning about 40km in the two Local Government Areas under the RAAMP Programme.
These are Erinmope-Moji-Ekan Meje; Ajuba-Ikerin-Opin-Osi, Obbo-Ile-Obbo Aiyegunle- Orra and Idofin- Odo Ashe- Ahun roads.
“Finally, I crave the support of all citizens and residents towards ensuring that we succeed in all our endeavors by paying all necessary taxes and rates to strengthen our capacity to meet the expectations of our people.
“On this note, I now have the honor of flagging off the construction of this road to the glory of Almighty God and the benefit of humanity.”
Also, the state government has announced its resolve to repair the Ohan-bailey bridge in Moro local government area of the state, which is a Federal Government facility. The state government had earlier intervened on the bridge in 2016.
The state commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya disclosed this when he paid an unscheduled visit to the site of the bridge .
He assured that the state government will immediately commence the repair after the fully loaded truck that fell on the bridge at Alapa area of Asa local government is towed away.
Aro noted that the state government decided to carry out intervention work on the bridge in order to ease the hardship faced by road users and motorists. He added that the state government had on several occasions intervened on the repair of both Ohan-bailey and Moro bridges not minding that they are federal government facilities.
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