Ondo State governor, Dr Olusegun Mimiko, has approved a special intervention programme to give attention to the deplorable condition of some federal roads in the state.
The programme, tagged ‘Emergency Repairs’ will commence with the dreaded Owo-Ikare road in the northern senatorial district of the state.
Speaking at a media briefing jointly addressed by the Commissioner for Information, Mr Kayode Akinmade and the Chairman, Ondo State Agency for Roads Maintenance and Construction, OSARMCO, Kehinde Oshikoya, in Akure, on Monday, Mr Akinmade said Governor Mimiko gave approval for the Emergency Repair Programme to ameliorate the challenges being faced by motorists on the federal roads in the state.
The commissioner, who appealed to the Federal Government to refund to the state, money being owed it on roads rehabilitated on its behalf, said making the refund would go a long way as the financial implication of combining rehabilitation of both federal and local roads by the state at a time is overwhelming.
Giving details of the operational strategy of the repair programme, OSARMCO chairman, Osikoya said rehabilitation gang would commence work at the Owo axis immediately, while another would start from the Ikare axis.
Meanwhile, the state government had earlier commenced rehabilitation of federal roads, beginning from Cultural Junction on Akure-Ondo road and also on Akure-Ado Ekiti road.