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Ondo, Ekiti residents protest abandoned N22b Akure/Aado-Ekiti road dualization [Photos]

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Following the deplorable situation of the Akure/Ado-Ekiti highway, residents of Ondo and Ekiti States on Wednesday protested the abandonment of the freeway after it was awarded for dualization final 12 months

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The residents alleged that contractors who got the contract refused to start work on the highway 15 months after receiving mobilization for the N22b dualization of the highway.

Talking on behalf of the protesters, Niyi Majofodu stated, the highway had develop into a nightmare to residents of Igoba axis in addition to motorists plying the highway.

With the protesters armed with placards of varied inscriptions, they said that the state of the highway has continued to assist actions of criminals participating in kidnappings and killings.

Among the inscriptions learn “An excessive amount of of kidnapping, raping on Akure-Ado-Ekiti highway”, “Governor Fayemi will not be too proud of the slowness of Akure-Ado-Ekiti highway”, “Revoke Akure-Ado-Ekiti highway contract from Dantata and Sawoe.

Others learn “Dantata and Sawoe are irritating the hassle of Mr. President on-road infrastructural growth”, “Repair our roads, save our souls,” “After 15 months of mobilization Dantata and Sawoe firm is nowhere to be discovered”, “Too many killings and robberies on Akure-Ado-Ekiti highway.

With the freeway barricaded at Igoba junction, Akure North Native Authorities in the course of the protest, Mojofodun stated that “the dualization of Akure – Ado Ekiti highway was awarded to Dantata & Sawoe in 2020 and subsequently bought mobilized in November 2020, nevertheless, the contractor refused to maneuver to web site till a number of days in the past after our group had petitioned the workplace of the Director-Normal of BPP over the abandonment of the undertaking. Copy of the petition letter is hereby hooked up.

“It’s on document that killings, kidnappings, theft, raping and horrible motor accident have develop into uncontrollable on the stated highway (Akure–Ado Ekiti).

“We can’t afford to die in silence, we wish to strongly enchantment to President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, to please look into this matter as a matter of urgency. We additionally categorical our displeasure on the manners through which Director Normal ( BPP) awarded the highway.

“As an illustration, the Dualization of Akure–Ado Ekiti highway undertaking awarded in 2020 by the President for Twenty-two billion, 600 and sixty-three million, 4 hundred and fifty-one thousand, 300 and three naira, sixty-one kobo (N22, 663,451,303.61) to Dantata & Sawoe Firm with an affordable quantity of mobilization which was nevertheless deserted by the stated firm.

Additionally lamenting the event, one of many stakeholders, Biyi Poroye stated the angle of the contractor in direction of the undertaking had develop into an enormous concern, significantly that residents and motorists had been going by agonies each day.

On his half, the Senior Particular Assistant to Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State on Citizen Engagement and Grassroot, Josemaria Adeusi stated “If a contractor has been mobilized 15 months in the past and he has not achieved something vital that we are able to see to attest that he’s able to work, the perfect to do is to revoke the contract.

For the previous Chairman of Akure North Native Authorities, Rotimi Adeleye stated, “It’s fairly extremely embarrassing and disgusting that nothing has been achieved. We’re pleading with the federal government to come back to our support. A number of lives have been misplaced on this highway alongside a number of kidnappings.”

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