Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has instructed the engineers of the Ministry of Public Works and Transport to work with the contractor managing the Ilawe-Ado Ekiti road to immediately conduct a geotechnical survey of the affected defective section of the road.
Governor Fayemi gave the order when he visited the broken section of the road in Ilawe Ekiti and stressed that the government would work on a permanent solution to the road.
The governor, who was accompanied by other government officials, said the investigation would provide needed information about the depth of the impact of the spoiled section on other paved sections of the road.
He explained that pending the outcome of the investigation, the existing alternative routes would be reinforced to accommodate the volume of traffic directed to the areas, while a preparatory measure would also be taken to bring the road back into service. to take.
According to him: “This is a provincial road, we will take some preparatory measures to use the road reasonably again, but we don’t want to be hasty about our approach to deal with this problem. We are going to ask our engineers from the Ministry of Works to conduct a geotechnical survey of the affected area together with the contractor. We will map at least 500 meters around this entire axis, so that we know what is happening under the paved area in order to deal with it effectively.
“The most important thing is that pending the time when this is resolved, an alternative road will be made available through igede, towards Iyin for those who want to go to Ado. It is a very important road for us in the state and understandably it serves as an alternative road for those who want to get out of the state either towards Ilesha, Igbara odo, Igbara oke, Akure or those who want it as a shorter away to other communities and farmland in this area, not to mention the Ilawe community itself that will be most affected by this unfortunate development.
The governor received by the prince of the city, Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, emphasized the importance of the road to state government and assured the people of the city that the government would address the situation and ensure that the road will be restored for all road users.
Fayemi also stressed during the visit the need for people to take climate change seriously, adding that the failed section of the road was largely one of the effects of climate change.
“This is another proof of why we need to take climate change very seriously when I heard about it. In fact I thought the other failed part was the one we had already outsourced to the original contractor, but it turned out it’s a different part of the road that now failed.
“But I want to assure Kabyesi and all the people of Ilawe Ekiti that the government is not aware of this, that’s why I came to check it myself and the contractor has already come, I believe he will bring his excavator and other equipment to immediately the work going this”, he said.
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