The Kwara state governor,Alh Abdulfatah Ahmed has commissioned the N200m Asphalt Plant fully owned by the state government.
Speaking at the ceremony, Governor Ahmed described the asphalt plant with a capacity of 25 tones per hour as a major milestone of his administration’s determination to create vital new infrastructure and maintain existing ones for the benefit of the people of the state.
The governor directed the state’s ministry of Works and Transport to commence immediate section overlay and filling of potholes on major roads within Ilorin metropolis and other parts of the state.
He listed the benefits of the plant to include substantial reduction of cost of road maintenance and provision of employment to professionals and artisans who will be employed on the project and other road projects across the state.
Ahmed gave an assurance that the plant will attract patronage from within and outside the state as the plant “has been tested and found to be of the highest quality standard”.
He appreciated what he called the people’s patience with government over the state of roads across Ilorin metropolis, adding that the “current state of our roads and other infrastructure is attributable to wear and tear as it is also due to wilful damage by certain members of the public”.
He commended the federal government for accommodating most of the major federal roads in the state in the 2016 federal budget and resumption of work on Ilorin-Jebba road, Ajasse-Offa road and Offa bye-pass.
The state commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahaya said with the asphalt plant, the ministry and its agencies will now respond quickly to impact of erosion and road degradation across the state.
He assured the plant’s host community of their safety as periodic environmental impact assessment will be emphasized to protect them from health hazards.