FG to Flag Off Akure-Ado Ekiti Road Project with Two New Contractors on Thursday

The federal government is set to flag off the reconstruction of the Akure-Ado Ekiti road on Thursday, with two new contractors who have mobilized to site.

The road project, which was re-awarded last month for a combined sum of N95.9 billion, will be executed simultaneously from both ends of the road to speed up completion.

The Akure-Ado Ekiti road, which connects Ondo and Ekiti states, has been in a dilapidated condition for years, causing series of kidnapping, accident and damaged vehicles for the road users. The project is one of the parting gifts of the outgoing Buhari administration to the people of the two states.

According to a statement by Prince Ebenezer Adeniyan, an aide to the Minister of State for Transportation, Prince Ademola Adegoroye, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN and Adegoroye will be on ground to perform the official flag off in Akure.

The statement also revealed that Adegoroye had paid a ‘Thank You’ visit to Fashola after the new contractors, Messers Sam Chase Nig Ltd/Messers Horizon Construction Co Ltd and Kopek Construction Co Ltd, were presented their letters of award for the contract and submitted their letters of acceptance.

Speaking during his visit to Fashola, Adegoroye expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the Works Minister in resolving the issues that had stalled the project, which was initially awarded to Dantata and Sawoe in 2020 but faced various logistics and funding challenges.

“Honourable Minister, a few days after I assumed office as Minister last year, I was here in your office to make a case for this project which had been abandoned at that time by the former contractor.

“Then, you took your time to explain the issues involved and promised that you would personally monitor the resolution of those issues.

“Today, I am back in your office on behalf of the good people of Ondo and Ekiti States to say ‘Thank You’ for finally resolving all the knotty issues and we can now heave a sigh of relief that the project can finally take off to ease the pain of our people on that road,” Adegoroye said.

Responding, Fashola said the Ministry is preparing for the official flag-off of the project as mobilization funds have been released to the contractors who have promised to do a good job and in good time.

“I also need to thank you Honourable Minister for the role you have played for us to get here. You have demonstrated your love for your people with your relentless efforts to see that this is done and I am happy that your efforts have not gone to waste,” Fashola said.

Adegoroye also commended the Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, for his role over the years, as well as the Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Biodun Oyebanji and his predecessor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, for their efforts.

He said the Akure-Ado Ekiti road project would be one of the major benefits of both states from the unprecedented 77 road projects embarked upon by the Muhammadu Buhari Administration and currently ongoing across the country.

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