The State Government has stated its determination to complete the 16.2 kilometre Akunnu – Ikaram – Oke – Agbe road abandoned 18 years ago, within two months.
Its abandonment has affected the socio-economic economic life of the people in that axis of the state.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr Raimi Aminu, who made this disclosure while on a monitoring tour of the road project, said the project was left uncompleted since the Adebayo Adefarati administration.
He also promised that other abandoned projects in various parts of the state, would be re- visited.
The Commissioner said the Akunnu-Ikaram-Oke-Agbe road caught the attention of Governor Rotimi Akeredolu , during his third year anniversary last year and he directed that the project be completed to serve as a link road between the South-West and the Northern part of the country.
He expressed satisfaction on the quality of work done on the project, “We are quite impressive with what they are doing here. The contractor is still working within the given time frame.
The road was flagged off about a year ago during the third year anniversary of Akeredolu-led administration.
The concrete work is almost completed because we have hydraulic structures of various sizes. The base course used is not ordinary base course, it is crushed stone base. We specifically designed that for this road because of the expected volume of traffic on the road after completion “.
According to Aminu, “If not the temporary blockage at Ikare axis, articulated vehicles like Dangote trucks and other of that nature would have been passing through the road. But we cannot stop them. That is why prepared in such a way it can accommodate such vehicles transversing the road. So, it is one of the best road we can see in this area or in the South-West. The road is in three segments. We have the Akunnu-Ikaram axis of about 8.625km. We have the Akunnu-Ikaram-Oke-Agbe axis which is 7km and we have some sections of the township roads which is 1km. The total kilometres of the project is 18.625km “.
He noted further that, “The road is one of the major roads own by the government. It is the nerve between Ondo State and the Northern part of the country. Anybody going to Abuja, Kabba, Okene, Lokoja from any part of the South-West, this is the road they always pass through. Also, there is a very thick population in this area which is in the northern senatorial district of the state. They deserve the road and that is why Mr Governor gave it to them. This is just a little among road construction going on across the state. When the road was flagged off, so many people believed it was part of election gimmick, but it was not so. Either you like it or not Mr Governor will definitely do what he says, he won’t say what he cannot do. There is a paucity of fund everywhere, yet road construction is going on across the state.”
The contractor, Edgard Baral, stated that, “As regards the quality of the project, engineers from the Ministry of Works are always with us to monitor the asphalt laying. They are making sure that the temperature is correct. They are also monitoring the mixing at our quarry which is very close to the site here. We are working within our best to deliver between one or two months but I hope to that we will deliver within one month “.