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Ekiti Second flyover Project Not Misplaced Priority, Says Lawmaker



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The Chairman, Ekiti State House of Assembly Committee on Innovation, Science and Digital Economy, Idowu Odebunmi, has said that the Governor Biodun Oyebanji administration’s road infrastructure policy is being strategically prosecuted to transform the economy, create employment and boost the internally generated revenue of the state.

Odebunmi, the lawmaker representing Oye Constituency II, who hailed the proposed construction of a 1.2kms flyover between Okeyinmi and Ijigbo Roundabouts in Ado Ekiti metropolis, said, “This project is not a misplaced priority. It will decongest the capital city’s Business District of traffic logjam and add aesthetic value.”

The lawmaker, who is also the Chairman of the House Committee on Youths and Sports, hailed the pace of ongoing work on the Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki dual carriageway and the return to the site of the contractor handling Itapa-Omu-Ijelu Road, saying the two projects would bring an upswing to the local economy when completed.

He spoke in a statement titled “Oyebanji’s road projects boosting Ekiti’s economy, employment, IGR”, made available in Ado Ekiti on Wednesday, after a tour of the Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road and the Itapa-Omu-Ijelu Road to assess the level of work done after the Yuletide recess.

Odebunmi stated that besides the two roads, “the ring road being constructed between Iworoko-Are-Afao- Igbemo to Ekiti State International Cargo Airport will help in exposing the towns in that axis to better business opportunities.

“Essentially, the ring road, which is targeted at decongesting Ado Ekiti metropolis of traffic snarl, would ease the transportation of agricultural products to the cities for more income earnings for farmers.”

Odebunmi said that the Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road, which leads to Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti; the Federal Teaching Hospital, Ido Ekiti; and the Federal University, Oye Ekiti, was strategic to the survival of the Ekiti economy and stated, “I am indeed happy about the pace of work on Ado-Iworoko-Ifaki Road.

“The Itapa-Omu-Ijelu Road, which falls within my constituency, was awarded before the inception of this government but was abandoned by the contractor. Governor Oyebanji has directed the contractor back to the site.

“The Itapa-Omu-Ijelu Road leads to the agricultural zone and I know that farming will be more enhanced in that axis when completed because farmers will earn more income due to easy and low cost of transportation.”

The lawmaker praised Oyebanji for adhering to the Ekiti State Local Contents Law in the prosecution of road projects by mandating the contractors handling them to patronise local contractors and use Ekiti residents to handle some works on sites.

Commenting on the flyover project, which would be the second in the state capital, Odebunmi described it as a step in the right direction, saying, “That area represents Ado Ekiti business district. We have Erekesan Market, banks and several business centres located along that axis, which often resulted in a regular traffic hold-up.

“With this effort, this crisis will be resolved. That portion remains the most congested in Ado Ekiti and plans must be intensified ahead for its decongestion. We must plan ahead in resolving our problem, not that we will wait for the problem to arise before rushing to solve it,” he said.

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