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Nothing Is Ongoing On Gaa Akanbi-Agbabiaka Road- Residents Exposed Gov. Ahmed

The residents of Agbabiaka area in Ilorin South local government of Kwara State have insisted that there's nothing like ongoing project on Gaa Akanbi-Agbabiaka road contrary to the position of the state government.

A statement signed by the convener of Kwara Youth for Development, Nasir Ganiyu on Tuesday in reaction to the reaction of the state government said, the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication to the Governor, Dr Muideen Akorede failed to provide information regarding the project.

Ganiyu advised the Kwara State Government to debunk residents claim by immediately publishing the name of the contractor, approved fund and amount already released for Gaa-Akanbi- Agbabiaka road in the 2018 fiscal year.

He added that the deplorable state of the road is causing motorists and other residents of over 40 communities using the road unnecessary hardship.

"We can't continue like this in kwara state. We have a lot of tax payers in this area. There is always gridlock on the road from 7-9am. The SA to the Governor on information strategy, Tunji Moronfoye has a farm around the area and he should advise Governor Ahmed to mobilise contractor to site.

"The ongoing work on this road has been the work of volunteers being encouraged by motorists."

Ganiyu also maintained the residents' condemnation of the state government for spreading falsehood.

He threatened that the communities will embark on mass protest against kwara state government, if they fail to mobilise contractor to site within one week."

In response to this Governor Ahmed make u-turn from his word and he said;

"I Never Said Gaa-Akanbi-Agbabiaka Road Was Completed-Governor Ahmed"

The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed says he never made any reference to having completed Gaa-Akanbi-Agbabiaka Road, Ilorin in the 2019 Budget Speech he presented to the State House of Assembly last week.

Speaking in the wake of accusations by residents of Gaa-Akanbi-Agbabiaka Road that he declared the ongoing project completed, Governor Ahmed said at no point in the speech did he make such an assertion, according to a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Communication, Dr Muyideen Akorede.

Instead, the Governor said, his speech listed Gaa-Akanbi-Agbabiaka Road as among sixteen ongoing road projects covering 111.5 kilometres that are at various stages of completion across the state. Quoting directly from the budget speech, Alhaji Ahmed said: “in the outgoing fiscal year, the state government recorded significant achievement in the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of rural and urban roads. A total of sixteen road projects covering a total distance of 111.5 kilometres are at various stages of completion. Some of these roads include rehabilitation of Gaa-Akanbi– Agbabiaka Road, Ilorin, Construction of Egbejila–Asa Dam – Airport road, Construction of Arobadi Maigida road, Construction of Ilesha Baruba-Gwanara road, Baruten LGA”.

Governor Ahmed stated that this year’s unusually heavy rainfall and funding challenges hampered the pace of ongoing road projects across the state.

While urging residents of the affected area to exercise patience as the government is committed to bringing the projects to fruition, Alhaji Ahmed advised members of the public always to cross-check information to avoid wrongful accusation of public officials.

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