On Thursday March, 21st, the Ekiti State government formally awarded the N8.9 billion Ado-Iyin road project to the China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation Nigeria Ltd.(CCECC).
The Ekiti State governor, Governor Kayode Fayemi, who was represented by his deputy governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi, at the brief project award ceremony stated that the project was originally awarded in 1978, but was abandoned ever since. He also added that in the next 24 months, it will be completed.
Ekiti Governor promised the project would be completed within 24 months
He deplored that the old Ado-Iyin road has led to several road accidents in the past, making it very unsafe for travellers. He also assured that the state government will work hard to fulfill infrastructural promises made to the people of Ekiti State.
“As a government, we understand and appreciate the importance of good road networks to our economic development. Good road networks will not only ease the stress of commuters, but will also enhance the marketability of our farm produce which is the mainstay of most of our people.”
“Ekiti people should take it that our government will fulfil all our promises to the people, and infrastructural development is just a part of it.”
The deputy governor asked for the cooperation of the Ekiti state people, assuring workers of timely payment of salaries. He further said that the new governor was aware of all the heartaches of the people. Weeks ago some vehicles fell inside Akonasan ditch.
“When this road is completed, it will bring an end to such unfortunate incidents,”
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In addition to this, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Road/Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Sunday Adunmo, also promised that the N8.9 Billion road construction will come with traffic lights to make it easier for travellers to go to their different destinatiosn without fear at night.
The Southwest Regional Manager, Sewell Zhao of CCECC, made known that the company had started the recruitment of workers for the project. He reckoned that the company would be employing at least 500 Ekiti people for the construction work as a way of creating employment to the indigenes of Ekiti State.