The Governor of Ekiti State, Dr Kayode Fayemi, on 15th October, 2019 seeks Federal Government Permission to fix and toll Ado – Akure Road.
He said the toll is very essential in view of the directive from the Federal Government not to refund states and also for repair of federal roads and the need for him to pay back the loan he sourced from African Development Bank to fix the road.
Dr Fayemi disclose this during colloquium themed, ‘Building a sustainable economy through values orientation and innovative thinking’, held to mark the first year of his second term in office.
He stated that paucity of funds had forced the Federal Government to stop the states from rehabilitating federal roads.
Fayemi said that “We got some money from the AfDB to fix the Ado – Akure Road, but it is not our road. So I wrote to the President, requesting permission to fix this road.
“The Federal Works Ministry told me that if I did it, there would be no refund. I said okay, I don’t need a refund. Give me approval to fix it. We have been on this for three months”.
“I hope that the legislative branch of government will be able to convince the Federal Government that this is a joke. There are 36,000 kilometres of roads to be rehabilitated by FERMA. I don’t know what has been approved for FERMA in the current estimate for 2020, but I doubt if it’s up to N100million, ”he said.
The Former Minister of Sports, Mr Bolaji Abdullahi, Senator Olubunmi Adetunmbi who spoke at the event, urge the country to redistribute its wealth and foster entrepreneurial education to reduce the gap between all the classes of citizens.