Governor Biodun OyebanjiGovernor Biodun Oyebanji

Governor Biodun Oyebanji of Ekiti State is set to inaugurate the construction of the new Ekiti Ring Road Phase I at Iworoko Ekiti on Friday. This follows the recent approval by the State Executive Council for the variation of rates on the construction, allowing for the immediate commencement of work on the road.

In a statement from the office of the State Commissioner for Works, Mr. Sola Adebayo, attendees at the event will include members of the State House of Assembly, State Executive Council members, Traditional Rulers, Accounting Officers of Government Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs), Religious Leaders, Opinion Leaders, Iyalajes, Iyalojas, and stakeholders in the public transportation sectors.

The Commissioner recalled that the road which starts from Iworoko Ekiti through Are, Afao, Araromi Obo, Ekiti Cargo Airport and terminates at Aso Ayegunle, Ijan road, was first awarded in November, 2020, adding that the execution of the project was however stalled by the outbreak of COVID-19 around the period the contract was awarded.

He explained further that by the time the effects of the virus subsided, the prices of construction materials had gone up astronomically due to volatility in foreign exchange rates, double-digit inflation and fluctuation in market price indices.

Describing the road as a top priority to the State Government, Adebayo noted that it would serve the cargo airport and the Ekiti Knowledge Zone adding that it would also considerably decongest traffic in Ado metropolis as well as produce a lot of other socio-economic benefits for residents and the State in general.

The Commissioner described the landmark event as a manifestation of the commitment of Governor Biodun Oyebanji’s administration to the rapid development of the state. He added that it would not only attract investors but also make the environment a better place for residents.

Adebayo enjoined guests to be seated by 9.15am

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