In fulfilment of the commitment of his administration to further develop the state and open up the road network, Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, on Thursday flagged off the construction of the 8.0km Akure-Oda Dual Carriageway.

The governor said the construction of the road is another opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of his administration to the change mantra of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), designed to ensure the general welfare of the people and bring the benefits of good governance to their doorsteps in every nook and cranny of the State.

Governor Akeredolu said his administration was not unaware of the enormous discomfort being experienced by the people as they traverse through the road, especially the residents of Oda-town, including the estates situated within the road corridor.

Arakunrin Akeredolu, who addressed the mammoth crowd at the flag off ceremony, said his administration is delivering a new asset, a new lifestyle and a new era of property appreciation and bequeathing an enduring legacy to the incoming generation.

He said: “But it does not end here, it is only a precursor to an unending positive multiplier effects on the economy and social life of the people.

“While the road is being constructed, we will have more than a sizeable number of our people working and earning their living on a daily basis, and by the time you factor in those who supply construction materials, you can imagine the multiplier effect of this project and of course, the advantages it portends to the people, such as decrease in travel time, increase in the lifespan of vehicles, increased interconnectivity with other roads, such as the Oba Osupa-Hospital-Ijoka Road via Ijigba Road.”

While explaining the various features of the road, the Governor informed that, “This 8.0km road, when completed, would consist of 2.7km dual carriageway and 5.3km single carriageway and would have standard facilities such as 1.5m walkway on both sides, 1m width median fitted with street light, 600mm x 750mm drains, 200mm lateritic sub-base course, 200mm stone base course, 50mm asphaltic binder course, 40mm asphaltic wearing course, among others. “

Akeredolu said his administration will not take its foot off the pedal until all communities in the state are transformed .

He said several roads spread across the state are under construction, while some have been completed by his administration as part of its efforts to improve the living condition of the people.

“As I speak to you, we are working on the following strategic and qualitative projects among others, at different levels of completion: Reconstruction of ‘A’ Division – Ijoka Road to a dual carriageway, Reconstruction of Ikare Township Road to a dual carriageway, Reconstruction of the Road from Emure-AUD and from the Ministry of Works – Iyere Junction in Owo to a dual carriageway

“Construction of Fly-Over across Lagos-Benin Expressway, Construction of Gaga Community Road in Akure, Rehabilitation of Ibuji-Igbara-Oke Road, Construction of Okitipupa-Igbokoda Bypass Road, Construction of Sabomi Township Roads, Construction of Ireakari II-Seebi-Ogun Ojobo/Odanikin- Irese Road Junction Akure,” Governor Akeredolu said.

He appreciated the good people of the state for their co-operation and unwavering solidarity in the last two and half years.

Arakunrin Akeredolu assured the people that he is irrevocably committed to the completion of all the ongoing projects in the state, in spite of the dwindling resources.