EKITI SETS UP ASPHALT PLANT TO ENHANCE ROAD CONSTRUCTION.

By Niyi Gbenga.

Ekiti State government has commenced the setting up of an asphalt plan in the State capital.

This is to reduce money spent on road construction and ensure quality road construction.

Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti shortly after inspecting some ongoing projects, the Special Adviser on Road/Transport and Infrastructure, Hon. Sunday Adunmo said the state government has cleared the site where the asphalt plant and other road construction equipment would be located.

He explained that 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.

Mr Adumo 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.

“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 present administration was 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 be completed by next week.

The Special Adviser who stated that the project was now 60% completed explained that the civic centre, on completion, would provide employment opportunity for about 1000 people as the building is made up of a shopping mall, cinema, library and event hall.

He added that there will be provision for at least 1700 parking lots which will help checkmate traffic congestion that may be caused by the prospective people patronizing the various business sections of the multipurpose civic centre.