Ekiti Waterways Dredging To Gulp N334m – Commissioner

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Kayode Fayemi

By; OLADELE ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

In a bid to prevent a reoccurrence of flooding that ravaged some sections of Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital and other towns in 2019, a sum of N334m is to be expended by the State Government on the project.

It would be recalled that some areas in Ado-Ekiti; like the Ita Eku, Ureje, Eminrin, Enbassy Island and others, were submerged by flood in September,leading to the collapse of Ureje bridge along Ado-Ijan-Ikare road.

Briefing newsmen in Ado-Ekiti on Monday after the  state executive council meeting,the Information Commissioner, Mr. Muyiwa Olumilua, revealed that the council also gave approval for the procurement of N54 million customised Safe Delivery Kits to be distributed to pregnant women across all the 16 local government area of the state.

Olumilua said: “the dredging is to alleviate the suffering of the inhabitants of some critical areas in Ado- Ekiti.

“Areas to be dredged include ; Obala-Balemo-Elemi, Ita Eku-poly road-Eminrin, Omisanjana-Ureje-133kva, Awajin-Ureje road and Ireakari-Ilawe road totalling 18,500 metres and at the cost of N194, 530 million and is to be delivered within 12 weeks”.

Olumilua added that due to persistent flooding that hit Ikere-Ekiti this year, the government is to dredge Osun stream channel,construct concrete channel at Temidire section of the town and reconstructing a failed culvert at Ajolagun at the cost of N140 million.

The Commissioner stated that the council also approved the completion of the state Secretariat complex phase V at the cost of N621 million and to be delivered within six months.

He said the council also deliberated and approved the Ekiti State Discrimination Against Persons with disabilities Prohibition bill 2019 , to deal with matters affecting those suffering all manners of neglect in the state.

Olumilua said the council approved the Ekiti State Housing Corporation Bill 2019 to deal with issues of housing in the state.

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