The joy of the people of Akoko from, Iwaro Oka, Oka, Supare to Ikare, knew no bounds on citing the Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, who had come to inspect the progress of work on the ongoing projects in the towns.
Welcoming the governor to Oka Kingdom at the site of a major reconstruction of the dreaded Oke- Oka where several lives have been lost to accidents, the Olubaka of Oka, Oba (Dr) Yussuf Adebori Adeleye, said he was excited at the prompt response of the governor to the death trap which the Iwaro/ Oke Oka road had become for years.
” I am particularly delighted to note that immediately the deplorable condition of this portion of Iwaro/ Oke Oka axis was brought to your attention, you gave a surprising prompt approval and mobilised the contractor to commence the repair works without delay, today we are living witnesses to the road being repaired. We are indeed eternally grateful to you and your government”.
In his response, Governor Akeredolu assured that despite the current shortfall in revenue accruing to the state, his administration would prevent avoidable carnage on roads within the state through timely maintenance of the roads and other infrastructures.
At Supare Akoko where residents trooped out in large number to welcome the governor and his entourage, the Olusupare of Supare-Akoko Oba Adejoro Adedeji used the opportunity to decry years of neglect of the community and appreciated the gesture of the Akeredolu Administration for the construction of Oke Alafia Road spanning,1.5kilometres.
“Our governor, Supare is for you and I know you are for us because historically Supare and Owo are from the same source”, he said.
In Ikare Akoko where contractors are working on the notorious Alabujuto hill and Jubilee-Ugbe 2.1kilometres road; the Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Saliu Momoh and the Owa-Ale of Ikareland, Oba Kolapo Adegbite Adedoyin led residents to welcome Governor Akeredolu and his entourage to the ancient town.
Also in Ikare , three box culverts at Oyinmo, Ishakunmi and Megida Rental Road which have been constructed were inspected by the governor.
The Olukare and Owa-Ale appreciated the governor for his quick response to the call of Ikare people when it was obvious that parts of the town were about to be cut off from one another in view of the collapse of the dilapidated bridges.
Arakunrin Akeredolu who expressed satisfaction at the quality of jobs so far done by the contractors, however enjoined them to speed up the pace of work on the project with assurance of payment very shortly.