Buhari Commissions FG-financed Road linking Ekiti-Osun State

  • Speedy Commercial and Transport activities expected
L-R :Rep. of the Hon. Minister of Works and Housing, Engr. Adedamola Kuti, D.H(S WFMWH)Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele, Deputy Governor of Ekiti State, Otunba Adegboyega Bisi Egbeyemi, Rep. of the Mr. President, H.E. Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo, HRM, Obalufon Alayemore, Oba Dr. Emmanuel Adesanya Aladejare Agunsoye II and HRM, Oba Dr. Michael Odunayo Ajayi, Arowotawaya II, Elerinmo of Erinmo, Ijesa during the Official Commissioning and Handing-Over of Efon- Alaaye-Erinmo -Iwaraja Road in Ekiti and Osun States on Thursday, June 16, 2022.

The Federal Government-financed Road linking Ekiti -Osun State has been commissioned, the road is expected to boost both commercial, social and developmental activities across the two states.

The Efon Alaaye -Erinmo-Iwaraja Road links the three towns of Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State, Erinmo and Iwaraja in Osun State.

The road linking the two states was commissioned and handed over to the states in Efon Alaaye Ekiti State amid hopes that the new infrastructure will help reduce road fatalities, ease mobility and spur trade within the two sstates as well as with their neighbouring states.

President Muhammadu Buhari commissioned the road on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The event was attended by government officials, transport operators, members of parliament and traditional chiefs draped in colourful regalia.

President Buhari who was represented by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Otunba Adeniyi Adebayo said, “As you can all see, we are handing over today a 22-kilometre Road, which links the three towns of Efon Alaaye in Ekiti State and Erinmo and Iwaraja in Osun State.”

Buhari remarked ” By linking Ekiti and Osun State together, this road becomes a critical component of our national road network.”

President Buhari further remarked, ” This road is also a statement of economic efficiency and ease of doing business.  This is because the travel time of averagely One hour before construction has now been reduced to 20minutes with the completion of the road.”

The Representative of the Minister of Works and Housing , the Zonal Director  South West in the Ministry, Engr. Ademola Kuti remarked, “The other handing over formalities that will follow these formalities which is  flagged  off today in Ekiti will also  be in : Delta State for Isoko Ring Road Section II covering Aviara -Uzere, Jigawa State for Phase II of Hadejia – Nguru covering Kirikasama -Nguru, Gombe State for Phase II  of the Gombe -Numan -Yola Road  covering Gombe- Kaltungo ,  Yobe State for Section II and Phase I of the Nguru -Gashua -Bayamari Road covering Gashua to Bayamari ; Section I, Phase II covering Nguru to Gashua  and Nasarawa State for Lafia-Obi-Awe -Tunga  Road.”

Fashola continued, “These projects represent major investment in road transport infrastructure, which is a commitment of the Buhari administration as a driver for economic growth and prosperity.”

Earlier in his welcome address,   the Permanent Secretary Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr. Bashir Nura Alkali who was represented by the Controller of Works Ekiti State, Engr. Ishaq Lawal said, “As part of President Muhammadu Buhari’s developmental agenda of addressing road infrastructural development across the length and breadth of Nigeria, the Federal Government as a policy direction has focused on the completion of several on-going projects to stimulate economic development, job creation and promoting local content. The focus is to link the major arterial roads to refineries, ports, tertiary institutions and high-volume commercial centres with a view to reducing travel times, vehicle maintenance costs, safety and security of commuters etc.”

The Deputy Governor of Ekiti State Otunba Bisi Egbeyemi who represented the Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. John Kayode Fayemi said, ” We thank God that the job has been completed after 40years. We thank Buhari for attending to the calls of the people and the contractor has done a good job.”

Aerial View of Efon Alaaye-Erin Road.

The Senator representing Ekiti Central Senatorial District, Senator Michael Opeyemi Bamidele remarked ” I will say on behalf of the Senate Committee on Works that the Contractor has passed oversight test and the contractor must also ensure that all safety measures on the road including adequate road signage and lane markings should be engraved on the road. I congratulate Federal Government and those involved in the project.”

The Chairman of Efon Local Government Area Ekiti State, Engineer Bode Adetunji expressed joy over the completed and commissioned road. He remarked, ” Efon is a town for over forty years that has no outlet, but now we have a road linking us to the outside world. We thank the contractor for a good job, Minister of Works and Housing and President Buhari for the project.”

His Royal Highness Obalufon Alayemore , Oba Dr. Emmanuel Adesanya Aladejare Agunsoye II, the Alaaye of Efon Alaaye said, “On behalf of the community and the people involved in the road rehabilitation,  I say thank you to the Federal Government. We want the Government to continue to maintain the road so that we can enjoy the road for a long time.”

His Royal Highness Awaraja of Iwaraja Ijesa Oba Sunday Ibironke, Samoyekon I remarked, ” I just want to commend the Controller and the Minister, the job is wonderful and good. ”

The Managing Director of Kopek Construction Limited, Engr Issam Feghali that handled the project commented, “There was no road in Efon Alaaye before the construction started, moreso the topography but we have achieved alot . We appreciate the efforts of the people for their cooperation and better funding from Federal Ministry of Works and Housing under H.E Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN.”

The Head of Market Association in Efon Alaaye, Chief (Mrs). Gbadamosi Olayemi, said, ” We are happy with the road, goods and people can move into Efon, with the road we can now get to Ilesha and Ife in no time.”

The Unit Chairman,  Efon Alaaye Motor Transport Union , Emmanuel Sere Ogun have this to say, ” The road has become the fastest route for commuters and we don’t spend much money on vehicle repairs anymore.”

Senior Motor Mechanic in the area, Mr. Adedeji Adewale expressed his satisfaction with the project, ” The beauty and aesthetics of the town has been greatly improved with the new road and the harrowing of 15years going through rough road is over.”

One of the leading farmers in Efon Alaaye, Timothy Agbalajobi said, ” We are happy with the handing over, God bless Fashola and Federal Government. We no longer have problems moving our produce from farms to town. Issues of breakdown of vehicles with our produce getting delayed is over.”


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