September 24, 2022

Failed roads: Ekiti Assembly summons state, federal agencies, others

Following the continued deterioration of roads in Ekiti, the state House of Assembly has summoned both state and federal agencies saddled with the responsibility of road construction and maintenance for an explanation.

The Assembly at plenary in Ado, through a unanimous resolution, invited the concerned stakeholders for a proper briefing.

The lawmakers, who spoke during the deliberation, specifically mentioned the Aramoko/Igede/Itawure Road, Ado/Ikere/Akure Road, Ado/Ilawe/IgbaraOdo Road, Ikole/Ayedun/Omuo Roads, which are all federal roads linking Ekiti to other boundary states in the country.

Some contractors responsible for the construction and rehabilitation of the roads were also invited by the Assembly for questioning.

Earlier, under matters of urgent public importance, Mrs Yemisi Ayokunle, Ekiti SouthWest Constituency 1, called the attention of the House to the collapse of the Ado/Ilawe Road.

She said, though the state government is trying at delivering its promises to make life better for citizens, it must ensure a solid bridge that could last the test of time.

Other lawmakers, including, Mr Goke Olajide, Efon Constituency, Mr Tunde Idowu, Ikere Constituency 2 and Mr Stephen Aribasoye, a member representing Ikole Constituency 2, decried the continued deplorable state of linking roads across the state and called for standard road construction.

Aribasoye called for true federalism that will remove some responsibility in the exclusive and put into the concurrent list like the establishment of state police, the construction and rehabilitation of trunk A roads in their domain.

He was of the view that if states are given the power to take up the construction or maintenance of these federal roads in the exclusive list, the Governor. Kayode Fayemi-led administration would be able to intervene in some of the affected trunk “A” roads.

Aribisogan said the deplorable state of federal roads, which usually serve as linking roads of the state to other parts of the country had made Ekiti currently cut off from the nation.

He called on all federal lawmakers from Ekiti to lobby the federal government to come to the aid of Ekiti for possible solutions, saying most the of economic values to be lost from most of the roads cannot be over-emphasised.

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