Ekiti State Governor, Dr Kayode Fayemi has inaugurated the re-constructed Ado-Iyin dual carriage road project which was initially awarded by the Military administration in 1978 but abandoned shortly after.
The road, initially designed to be a single lane road was designed to be extended from Iyin to Igede-Aramoko and Osun State boundary. Governor Fayemi said it was abandoned by successive administration for over four decades but will be now be completed to fulfil an age long yearning of benefitting communities and provided the shortest link between the state capital and Iyin Ekiti.
The event 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.
Fayemi said government will collect toll on the road and expressed hope that the completion of the first phase of the project would engender socio-economic development in the state by easing the challenges of road users and enhance marketability of farm produce from adjourning communities.
The 8km dual carriage road, adorned with streetlights and other facilities is expected to reduce the traveling time of commuters from 20 minutes to five minutes.
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.
The Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adejugbe commended Governor Fayemi for fulfilling his promise to provide good road infrastructures, good governance and others to the people of the State. The monarch said he was glad he witnessed the flag off of the construction as well as its completion and inauguration.