Ekiti State government has commenced the setting up of an asphalt plant in the state capital.
This, it was declared, was in furtherance of government’s resolve to provide quality and durable road access to its citizenry.
Speaking with journalists in Ado Ekiti shortly after inspecting some ongoing projects, the Special Adviser on Road/Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Sunday Adunmo, said the state government had cleared the site where the asphalt plant and other road construction equipment would be located.
The asphalt plant and road construction equipment were purchased by the Kayode Fayemi-led administration during his first tenure but were left unused by his successor.
The Special Adviser said the vision of the Fayemi-led government was to ensure that all Ekiti roads were motorable and free of potholes; adding that the government would, on completion of rehabilitation works on bad roads in Ado Ekiti, shift attention to other towns in the state.
“The last place we visited is for Public Works Department. That’s where we are going to mount our asphalt plant, we have an idle asphalt plant that Governor Fayemi procured in 2013 and which is lying idle at the Public Works Department. So, we are mounting it to fix our roads. Operation no-pothole will begin as soon as that is done. And we will from there continue to tar our streets.
“Most streets in Ado Ekiti and other towns will be taken care of by the Public Works. So the idea of contracting every of our projects out will stop immediately except if they are bigger ones that government thinks should be given out to external or local contractors,” he said.
Speaking on ongoing work on the multibillion Naira civic centre project, Adunmo said the Fayemi-led administration was still committed to delivering the project to Ekiti people by December 2019 which the governor promised.
He said the roofing of the gigantic building has commenced and would hopefully be completed by next week.
The Special Adviser who stated that the project was 60 per cent completed explained that the civic centre, on completion, would provide employment opportunity for about 1000 people as the building was made up of a shopping mall, cinema, library and event halls which would require the services of unemployed people.
He added that there would be provision for at least 1700 parking lots which would help checkmate traffic congestion that might be caused by the prospective people patronising the various business sections of the multipurpose civic centre.
A 21-year old student of Ekiti State University Ado Ekiti, Johnson Ajayi, commended the Fayemi-led government for providing such a facility in the centre of the state capital; saying that the project would not only attract people to the state but provide leisure for those who might wish to enjoy themselves at the cinema.
He however urged the government to provide e-library facilities to enable readers move with technological trends.