Ekiti State Governor Ayo Fayose has affirmed his readiness to demolish more houses in Ado Ekiti, the state capital, to pave the way for the flyover project.
Speaking yesterday evening during this month’s edition of his media chat, “Meet Your Governor”, aired on the major electronic media in the state, Fayose said the demolition would begin on Monday.
Fayose said the demolition of houses on the flyover route was to build road beside the bridge to ease mobility and traffic.
He apologised to residents, motorists, pedestrians and commuters coming in and out of Ado Ekiti for inconveniences experienced during construction of the flyover.
Houses were demolished on May 16, 2005, during Fayose’s first administration to allow for dualisation of the road from Okesa to Ijigbo area of Ado Ekiti.
Fayose explained: “From next Monday, houses will be demolished for the road construction to complement the flyover. We are also going to demolish buildings constructed along flood plains.”
The governor explained that there will be a low-key celebration for the 20th anniversary of the creation of Ekiti State on October 1 and the second anniversary of his administration on October 16.
He said: “We will have a low-key celebration; if it is only prayer we will organise to mark the day, we are going to do it because of the economic situation of the state. We must live within the ambit of our resources.”
The governor vowed not to relent in changing the face of Ado Ekiti, saying the decision to take traders using wheelbarrow to market their ware off the streets was to ensure sanity.
Fayose pledged to organise free eye tests, blood tests and blood pressure tests for residents in the 16 local governments to boost health care delivery of citizens.
He promised to provide free reading glasses to people suffering from eye defects.
Fayose assured the people that he will provide jobs to more people, even with limited resources and existing vacancies.
The governor added that he will begin unscheduled visits to local government secretariats to take roll of workers found at their duty posts to check truancy and absenteeism.
Fayose declared that his administration will not tolerate a situation in which some workers collect salaries through ATM in Lagos, but stay away from their offices.
Source: The Nation