Ondo State Commissioner for Information and Orientation, Mr. Donald Ojogo has hinted that the Ore flyover would be inaugurated by December 2019 for usage by the people of the country.
The Commissioner who stated this at a media chat with journalists in his office in Akure, the state capital, added that the flyover would serve the entire country, as Ore is strategically located as a link from the South West to other parts of the country.
Mr. Ojogo described those that said the Ore flyover project was a misplaced priority as enemies of progress and that such persons, perhaps, do not have value for life, stressing that prior to the intervention of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu on the road, many lives were lost daily due to congestion and heavy traffic on the road.
He noted that the flyover as initiated and executed by the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu led administration in the state would continue to provide infrastructure development and other social amenities for the people of the state.
He, therefore challenged the opposition that wished to know the total cost of the project to visit the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, to equip themselves with facts and figures, rather than making unfounded comments about the project.
The state government spokesman further noted that the design, cost and specifications were done by the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing after the state government had approached the FG for approval for the project and it was approved for the state government to go ahead on the construction.
He noted that the state government cannot go or work against the specifications as approved by Federal Ministry of Works and Housing.
On the other hand, the Commissioner also decried the occurrence flood in some local governments in the state, especially that of Akungba Akoko, Ese Odo and Ilaje.
He described the incident as natural disaster, which is unpredictable and beyond human calculations.
He hinted that the Governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, is making frantic efforts at making the environment safe for people to live and would soon meet with officials of the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), in Abuja to update them on the need for urgent intervention in the coastal areas of the state.
The government image maker said the two Committees set up by the Governor to look into the flood incidents in Ese Odo and Ilaje Local Governments have submitted their reports and same would be presented before the officials of NEMA, for necessary assistance.
He disclosed that the damaged done by the floods in the two local government areas was beyond what the state government could handle and the Federal Government needs to be on ground to assist in tackling the situation.
Similarly, the Information and Orientation Commissioner also dismissed insinuations in some quarters on the whereabout the Governor.
He said the Governor is engaged in Abuja, attending to state issues, stressing that the Governor is entitled to annual leave which he got, but had to cut it short owing to personal reasons.
While in Abuja, the Governor has attended APC Governors forum meeting, National Economic Council meeting and he also met the Deputy Governor, Head of Service and his Chief of Staff.
Mr. Ojogo added that the Governor will be receiving an award, African Innovative Leadership Award, as one of the best Governors Africa Continent on Saturday, 19th October, 2019, in Abuja.