By Dayo Johnson
Akure—ONDO state government weekend appealed to the Federal government to pay N11 billion owed it on rehabilitation and reconstruction of some federal roads within the state.
It also denied that road projects awarded by the last administration have been abandoned.
The Works Commissioner, Engineer Gboye Adegbenro said this in Akure on a personality programme tagged Forum, organised by the Correspondents Chapel of the state NUJ.
Adegbenro said the appeal became imperative because “the current economic meltdown is already affecting the execution of capital projects in our state and we need to access all our funds.”
He noted that the money accumulated to that amount over the years beginning from the administration of late Dr. Olusegun Agagu.
The commissioner urged the Federal Government “to expedite action on the payment of the money.
Adegbenro listed some of the roads rehabilitated by the state government to include the Ore-Okitipupa road in the Southern senatorial district; Oweo-Ikare and Ajowa-Kogi State boundary in the Northern senatorial district as well as the Oka-Isua road that connects the state with the Federal Capital Territory.
He said the state “is also expecting refund on money spent on the Itanla-Ondo road and the rehabilitation of the Ore junction on the Benin-Shagamu expressway which fixed the giant potholes that made the road impassable some three years ago.
Also included in the road projects is the Igbara-Oke and Ogbese sections of the Ilesa-Owo highway executed by the state government to ease traffic gridlock on the busy road.