By Dayo Johnson
AKUREâ€”ONDO State government is to spend over N150million onÂ repairs and maintenance of roads across the state under the programme, code name â€œZero Potholes Projectâ€.
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 empoweredÂ to embark on all yearÂ round maintenance of roads in the state.
Speaking at the ceremony,Â the Chairman and Chief executive Officer (CEO) ofÂ OSARMCO, Dr. Igbekele Daodu, said the roads would be repairedÂ 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 fromÂ 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.