All Nigeria Latest News reports that Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State inaugurated the newly constructed Ado-Iyin dual carriage road project on Wednesday. Notably, the project, initially awarded by the Military administration in 1978, had been abandoned shortly after.

Governor Fayemi highlighted that the road, originally intended as a single-lane project and planned for extension from Iyin to Igede-Aramoko and the Osun State boundary, had been neglected by successive administrations for over four decades.

Governor Fayemi, in his address, expressed that the successful completion of the road, despite facing numerous natural challenges, fulfills the longstanding aspirations of the benefiting communities. He noted that the road provides the shortest link between the state capital and Iyin Ekiti.

The ceremony was attended by the Deputy Governor, Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi; Chief of Staff, Biodun Omoleye; the Head of Service, Mrs Peju Babafemi; traditional rulers led by the Chairman Council of traditional rulers and Onisan of Isan Ekiti, Oba Gabriel Adejuwon; the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe; members of new Ado-Iyin road communities and other dignitaries.

Governor Fayemi disclosed that the road would be tolled and highlighted that the completion of the first phase of the project would stimulate socio-economic development in the state. This, he explained, would alleviate challenges for road users and improve the marketability of farm produce from adjoining communities.

Governor Fayemi elaborated on the impact of the 8km dual carriage road, adorned with streetlights and other facilities, emphasizing that it would not only eliminate the unsafe conditions of the existing Ado-Iyin road with its undulating alignment but also significantly reduce the traveling time for commuters from 20 minutes to five minutes.

“We are here to celebrate the fulfilment of another promise. The 8 kilometre, dual carriage way is one of the legacy projects of this administration.

“It was awarded in February, 2019, unfortunately, many challenges were encountered during the course of executing the project, one of which was the unexpected volume of buried rocks that has to be blasted. To the glory of God, we surmounted the hurdles and successfully completed the project.

“As a government, we understand and appreciate the importance of good road network to our socio-economic development. Good road network will ease the stress of commuters and also enhance the marketability of our farm produce.

“The impact of this new road on the generality of our people can also not be overemphasized. The economy of the commuters will be enhanced as a result of reduction in transport fare.” He explained.
Dr Fayemi who commended the contractor who handled the job for sticking to specifications, promised that the State Government would sustain patronage with performing contractors and terminate deal with non performing ones.

While reiterating the determination of his administration to complete all abandoned projects, the Governor charged benefitting communities to support government in maintaining the road and ensure its durability, with a promise to deal with anyone who abuse or engage in any deterrent activity that can cause damage to the new road.

Earlier, the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe, expressed commendation for Governor Fayemi, acknowledging the fulfillment of promises regarding road infrastructure and good governance in the state. The monarch expressed satisfaction at witnessing the entire process, from the flag-off of construction to its completion and inauguration.

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