The Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose, flagged off the construction of a N5.7 billion worth flyover in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, with a promise to complete the project within 2 years. At the occasion which took place on Tuesday, Governor Fayose described the flyover project of 1.2 kilometre as the first ever done in the state, adding that it was part of his plans to reduce the problem of traffic in the state capital. The flyover will start from Fajuyi area and end at Ojumose area of Ado-Ekiti.
Governor Fayose who conducted the flag-off along with his Deputy, Kolapo Olusola and other top government officials, gave a warning to the contractor against unnecessary delay, saying the project must be delivered within the specified period of time. According to him:
“This was a project that has been in my heart since my first term. I nearly awarded it before that unfortunate incident happened. I saw it as a landmark achievement because you can’t get it in Ondo or Osun State. I have promised that I won’t abandon any project for my successor. I shall complete every project that I awarded, because I don’t want to leave any burden behind.”
“Whatever we do will remain in our name, particularly the physical projects and that is why I charge the traditional rulers to appeal to politicians to give peace a chance, because it is only under an atmosphere of peace that you can witness development.
“I am not going to limit physical construction to road alone, I will soon flag off the construction of ultra-modern High Court complex with modern facilities for effective and efficient administration of justice.”
“Some of you will ask me how am I going to achieve this in view of the poor allocations to the state, but don’t worry, don’t be hopeless. I rely on the little taxes and rates to be paid by citizens to be able to boost our IGR to do all these. With your supports, all these shall be achieved”.
The contractor handling the flyover project, Paul Chamoun, however promised to complete the project within 18 months. Present at the event were Oba Samuel Adedapo, the Chairman of Ekiti State Council of Traditional Rulers, and the Ewi of Ado Ekiti, Oba Rufus Adeyemo, who hailed the governor for his zeal to bring development to Ekiti and also pleaded with politicians to give peace a chance in order to prevent unnecessary crisis that could lead to distraction. They said the people of Ekiti State will continue to appreciate Fayose’s efforts to develop the state despite dwindling allocations from the Federal Government.