IGBOKODA – Gov. Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State on Thursday flagged-off the first phase of the Igbokoda-Ayetoro road rehabilitation and asphalt overlay project.
The N4.3 billion road project was flagged-off at the zero-junction in Igbokoda, headquarters of Ilaje Local Government Area.
The ceremony was attended by traditional and religious leaders in Ilaje area.
The governor said at the flag-off of the rehabilitation of the 33 kilometre-road that the company handling the project had been paid 30 per cent mobilisation fee.
He said that his administration was committed to the overall development of the entire riverside community.
“I want to assure you that the project, when completed, will add value to your standard of living and reduce your hardship in transporting goods and services to the nooks and crannies of your community.
“Let me also assure you that the dualisation of Igbokoda township is on the way.
“I will, therefore, solicit your support and cooperation in ensuring the speedy completion of the project which is expected to last 12 dry months,’’ the governor said.
Earlier, Mr Johnson Ogunyemi, the Chairman of Ondo State Oil Producing Area Development Commission (OSOPADEC), said the road was crucial to the socio-economic development of Ilaje community.
He pledged that the commission would ensure proper supervision of the project in order to justify the financial commitment of the administration.
The Olugbo of Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Friedrick Akinruntan, who spoke on behalf of Ilaje people, thanked the state government over the project.
The traditional ruler, who assured the contractors of adequate security on site, said the rehabilitation of the road would ease the transportation problem of the people of the area.
“ With the initiative of Dr Mimiko to rehabilitate the road, the people of this area will always identify with him and support his aspirations,’’ he said. (NAN)