As parts of the efforts to strengthen governance in Ondo State and make it deliver on the policy thrust of the present administration, the Ondo State Government is planning its Independent Power Plant (IPP).
The development was made known by the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, while receiving the Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Ondo State Command, Commander Vincent Jack and his Management team in Akure.
The governor said in no distant future, street lights in Ondo State would no longer go off, as the state Independent Power Plant would also be powering government offices and hospitals.
“We will not need diesel to power our lights. All government offices, General Hospitals and street lights will be powered through the IPP.
” We can’t continue to run on diesel generators, it is too expensive”, the governor categorically stated.
Also, Governor Akeredolu demanded a smooth working relationship between the FRSC and the State Ministry of Transport on logistics, road traffic and transport management for the good of citizens of the state.
He added that the synergy between the Corps and the State Government could cover the usage of the heavy duty tow-truck owned by the state Ministry of Transport as a way of assisting the command to serve users of roads in the state better.
“When you are in need of of our tow-truck you can easily come for it to clear traffic congestion for road users”, the governor said.
Arakunrin Akeredolu assured the FRSC State Commander and his team that the State Government would be ready to assist the corps within the limited resources available to the state, as long as such assistance would be in the best interest of the people.
Earlier, Commander Vincent Jack had informed the governor that he had undertaken the state traffic management system and found out that there were lots of work to be done.
He lamented high level of ignorance on the part of road users resulting to flouting basic rules of road engagements which have ended up in avoidable road traffic crashes. He therefore pleaded with the State Government to make available platforms under the Ministry of Information, to be able to reach out to the public to disseminate appropriate information, aimed at educating the populace on proper road use.
“Though most of our roads are not friendly, we have the challenge of the fact that most of our road users are not literate enough, most of them are ignorant and that is why we on our part, want to raise a bar in the area of public education.
“Road traffic accidents is fast becoming public scandal in our country. Preventive measures cause harmless than the penalty of neglect. Our roads are busy on daily basis and people are dying as a result of carelessness of man and the way we use our roads”, the Corps Commander said.
He pointed out that Ondo State, being the gateway to other states in the South-west, South-east, South-south and the North of the county, needed heavy duty tow-trucks as most of the challenges on the highway were usually road traffic crashes involving heavy duty vehicles and how to remove them from the crash scenes.
The Commander was accompanied on the visit by his Deputy Corps Commanders, Assistant Corps Commanders and other officers