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Ondo to spend N150m on roads

By Dayo Johnson

AKURE—ONDO State government is to spend over N150million on  repairs and maintenance of roads across the state under the programme, code name “Zero Potholes Project”.

The governor, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko said at the flag-off of the project that government would soon embark on massive construction of roads across the 18 local government areas of the state.

Dr Mimiko said the move was to ensure that all the roads in the state were motorable and also to prevent unnecessary accidents.

He pledged that many rural roads would be opened up to make them accessible and aid the transportation of farm products.

According to the governor, the Ondo State Agency for Roads Maintenance and Construction (OSARMCO) would be strengthened and empowered  to embark on all year  round maintenance of roads in the state.

Speaking at the ceremony,  the Chairman and Chief executive Officer (CEO) of  OSARMCO, Dr. Igbekele Daodu, said the roads would be repaired  through direct labour.

According to Daodu, work had already started in five divisional towns of Akure, Ondo, Okitipupa, Owo and Ikare, where massive rehabilitation of roads was going on.

The Chairman, however, said apart from  the direct labour work being carried out by the engineers and other technical/support staff of the agency, government had started awarding contracts to indigenous contractors for the construction of line drains and clearing of waterways across the state.


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