Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State, on Wednesday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Niger Delta Development Commission ((NDDC) for the construction of the 50km Akodo-Araromi Road.
Akeredolu said in Akure that the road would link Akodo in Lagos State to Araromi in Ilaje Local Government Area of Ondo State and `unearth the hidden treasures’ in Ondo South Senatorial District.
“Today marks the beginning of unearthing the treasures which will benefit this state.
“Not even five billion Naira is enough for this project; it is a mega project which both parties are interested in and committed to; before our tenure runs out, we should complete it.
“When the Akodo-Ibeju-Lekki-Araromi-Ilaje Road is completed, it will help decongest the Ore-Benin-Lagos Expressway,” he said.
The governor said that the unavailability of electricity supply in some parts of the senatorial district in the past four years would soon be resolved.
Akeredolu also decried lack of potable water in the riverine area, and stressed the need for a water scheme in the area.
Earlier, Chairman NDDC, Sen. Victor Ndoma-Egba, said that this was the first MoU the commission would sign with a member-state.
He said that the commission had 785 projects in the state.
“A total of 381 are ongoing while 26 are active; 266 have been completed, 96 either stalled or abandoned, while 42 are awarded but contractors are yet to be mobilised.
“I believe that, with the directive of Vice President Yemi Osinbajo that contractors should return to sites, we are likely to see many more abandoned projects become active.
“It will be better to have fewer projects people see than so many they won’t see, and I think NDDC should concern itself with projects that truly integrate the region and not ad-hoc projects scattered all over,” he said.
Speaking with newsmen, Ondo State Deputy Governor Mr. Agboola Ajayi, said that the project would bring economic development to the people of the area and the state in general.
Ajayi pledged the cooperation of people of the state. (NAN)