Benue picks contractors as Ondo completes 27.5 Km Irele road project

Samuel Ortom

Samuel Ortom

Towards ensuring a better living standard for its populace, Benue State government has selected two building and civil engineering contractors to handle the 40.397 KM work on Origbo- Imande Akpu- Gbajimba road at Gbajimba and 24 kilometre road starting from Mobil junction- Apir junction road.

The roads were awarded to Messrs M/S Tongyi New International Construction Limited and Triacta Nigeria Limited respectively. Governor Samuel Ortom who flagged-off the construction works, charged them not to compromise standards but to deliver the projects within time and according to specifications.

He warned that his administration will not accept grants from them but total delivery of quality delivery of the jobs in time and charged all the stakeholders in the council areas including local government caretaker chairmen, traditional rulers, community and opinion leaders to caution their people on the need to cooperate with government and the construction companies to enable the administration achieve the laudable objective.

The governor stressed that the inauguration of the road projects was to keep faith with his earlier promises during his campaign that he would provide critical infrastructures to alleviate the suffering of the people living in the two areas.

He added that the construction of the two roads would boost commerce, help tackle security challenge and enhance social interaction among communities as well as help to redirect traffic in Makurdi Township.

In a related development, Ondo state Governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko has commissioned the 27.5 kilometre Ajagba-Iyansan road in Irele local government area of the Southern Senatorial District of the state.

The Governor appealed to the people to consider the roads as personal and collective heritage, which they have individual duty to protect and preserve.

The project, executed by Messrs RCF Construction firm, officials claimed, was to represents the value of democracy, where voters can hold politicians accountable for the promises they made to them.

He implored his “critics” to join hands with his government to move the state forward, urging them to pay more visit home and connect to projects of this nature.

Other roads that had been completed in same senatorial district include, 7.545 kilometres, Asphalt Overlay in Okitipupa/Obonde axis; the 21.40km Omotosho/Ilutitun rehabilitation; 5.2km asphalt overly at Irele township road; dualization of Igbokoda township main road.

Others are rehabilitation of 6.46km,Ore township road; Asphalt overlay of surface dressed road in Ile-Oluji; Construction of Igbisin Oloto  – Igbo Egunrin Mahintedo junction, rehabilitation/Asphalt overlay of Igbokoda Aiyetoro road and construction of concrete waterway in Bologwe, Asphalt overlay of OjualaIpoke road among others.

While speaking at the commissioning, Governor Mimiko said the completed road projects was in fulfillment of his electioneering promise to the people of the area, adding that the road used to be a footpath accessed only by bicycles, motorbikes and timber trucks, which only possible in the dry season.

“Today, we want to make it clear that no government has built more roads than this government in the history of Ondo state and this can be verified by any fair minded person”, he said.

Stressing that the project is a milestone, not only in the lives of the communities but also to showcase the records of achievements of his administration, therefore the need to mention the roads in question “so as to debunk claims that government concentrate more road work in some areas than other places”.

He mentioned roads done in the Central district also to include the rehabilitated Ilesha road- Fiwasaye, road in Akure, Oda- Davog road, installation of light on Ilesha road, installation of light on Ademulegun Idi –Ishin, Fiwashaye-Owo, road in Ondo, rehabilitation of Ibule, Federal highway Ogbese road and 14.2 kilometre Ondo township Road.
Others are Alade Owena-Idanre Township, FUTA –Aule, dualisation of Ilesha road-Fiwashaye among others.

“In the Northern Senatorial District, some of the roads project done by this government include, Owo Township, construction of Adekunle Ajasin University asphalt overlay, rehabilitation of Ikare-Ugbe -Ise-Akoko, Akungba- Ikare-Arigidi-Ugbe, among numerous others.

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