Ondo State Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has contributed in no small way in reducing road traffic accidents within the state and beyond, the Chairman, Interim Caretaker Committee of Odigbo Local Government Area of the state, Mr Joseph Ikumawoyi has asserted.
Represented by his Head of Personnel Management (PM), Mrs Omowumi Alade, Ikumawoyi gave kudos to the governor during a chat with The Hope at the flag-off ceremony of the year 2015 “Ember months” enlightenment campaign of the Federal Road Safety Commission, RS11.21, Ore unit at Ore.
Ikumawoyi who said that the government of Dr Olusegun Mimiko has assisted transporters by empowering them through new vehicles in place of the rickety ones they were using which often cause accidents, has in turn added to safety on the highways.
As the host local government to the unit, Ikumawoyi promised to continue to assist the FRSC in terms of materials and logistics based on the availability of fund.
Earlier in his address, the Unit Commander, Kehinde Dahunsi (DDC) observed that in the ember months, road crash has always been on the high side.
He attributed this to poor infrastructure such as bad road, absence of road furniture (road signs) and disobedience to traffic rules and regulations by motorists and other road users.
“It is as a result of these factors and others that caused death, injuries and wanton destructions to goods and properties on the roads,” he stressed.
He implored petroleum tanker drivers, perceived as causing major accidents on the highways, to be safety conscious and comply with traffic rules and regulations, adding that erring drivers shall be death with accordingly.
Dahusin used the forum to call on ththe town.e Federal Government to, as a matter of urgency, released fund to the construction company handling the Ore-Ijebu Ode route reconstruction to complete it while cautioning those plying the completed Ore-Benin axis of the Expressway to travel only at average speed limits.
In his contribution, the Deputy General Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), in the area Comrade Olurunmisi Segun, advised motorists, irrespective of class, to abstain from driving while they drink.
The Ore Zonal Chairman of the Special Marshals of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Marshal Marcus Ogunnowo commended the Unit Commander, Dahunsi, for following the good examples of his predecessor, Commander Mike Anizeagu in doing a fine job in the area.
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko (4thL), during his inspection visit to the ongoing Fiwasaye-Oba Ile-Airport Road project yesterday. With him are (from left), OSOPADEC Chairman, Pastor Johnson Ogunyemi, Chief of Staff to the Governor, Dr. Kola Ademujimi, ODHA member, Hon. Olamide George, Commissioner for Education, Arc. Jide Adejuyigbe (2ndR) and residents of Oba-Ile (Credit: Segun Aderiri)
Ondo State Governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko has assured that work will not stop on the Akure – Oba-Ile Road project till it is commissioned.
He declared this yesterday while addressing journalists after inspecting the level of work done at the road site.
Asphalt overlay of one side of the dual carriage way has reached an advanced stage when the Governor and his team got to the site yesterday.
Mimiko was accompanied by his Chief of Staff, Dr Kola Ademujimi, Commissioner for Works, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro, Chairman, Owena Press Limited, Mr Bode Betiku, Chairman OSOPADEC, Pastor Johnson Ogunyemi, and others.
He expressed satisfaction with the level and quality of work done by the contractor handling the project.
“We are back on track and work will not stop till the road is commissioned. The level of work done and the quality is impressive,” he said.
He commended the people of Oba-Ile and its environs for their tolerance, even when there was little delay in the project execution.
In the same vein, the State Commissioner for Works, Engr. Gboye Adegbenro made the assertion while on an inspection visit to the project site yesterday.
The ongoing work on one lane of the Oba-Ile Airport dual carriage way is at 80 percent completion.
Adegbenro who led the Ministry of Works officials to the project site, said that the contractor is laying the luider course and that the wearing course will follow.
He described the progress of work as impressive, saying that the contractor is working within the milestone given to it.
His words: “What we have seen now as a ministry and government is very impressive in terms of quality of this job and space. We can say within the last one month, they have been able to meet the milestone.”
“We had agreement on schedule payment on this road for us to complete it as scheduled and they are working towards that from what I have seen so far.”
He said that the contractors will immediately move to the second lane after completing the one being worked on to allow motorists to ply without any stress.
He said the hydraulic structures like laying of the kerbs of the other leg of the project is on course, indicating government commitment on completing the project.
While comparing the quality of the work to what was done from the Airport end, Adegbenro said is the same thing.
“There is a layer still coming on this one that we call the wearing course. The other one in Owode, the wearing course has been put already so that is the difference,” he explained.
He reassured of the determination of government on dualising Oba-Ile as a carriage way, saying that the contractor will definitely move to the second phase of the project.
“I want to say to people doubting that we are only fixing one road to leave the rest that, that is not possible because the project will definitely be completed,” he assured.
He however informed motorists and residents of Oba-Ile axis not to entertain any fear during the festive season when contractor companies would be going on holiday for Xmas and New Year celebrations.
This, he said does not mean that they have run away or abandon the project, promising that they will definitely be back after the New Year.
He disclosed that the construction company for Oba-Ile project will go on holiday by December 19, 2015 to resume back first week of January, 2016.