The Kwara State Governor, Alhaji Abdulfatah Ahmed on Friday commissioned the newly acquired two hundred million naira State Asphalt Plant in Ilorin, the State capital.
To this end, Governor Ahmed has directed the State Road Maintenance Agency (KWARMA) to begin immediate section overlay and filling of potholes on major roads within Ilorin metropolis and beyond.
He said the Plant with capacity of twenty-five tonne per hour would reduce the cost of maintaining roads in the state and improve internally generated revenue through patronage from within and outside the state.
According to him, the Asphalt plant has been tested and found to be of the highest quality standard.
Governor Ahmed thanked road users for their patience with the government over the state of roads across the metropolis.
On the recently flagged off Split Diamond Underpass at Geri Alimi, Governor Ahmed clarified that the project is among several other infrastructure projects planned for implementation within Ilorin metropolis and across the state.
Governor Ahmed urged the public to focus on the apparent and long-term benefits of the project and other projects as well as support government efforts to provide infrastructure in challenging times.
Earlier in his address, the State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Alhaji Aro Yahya had explained that the establishment of Asphalt Plant would generate employment to hundreds of skilled and unskilled labour, reduce the cost of road maintenance, eliminate risk in transportation and ensure good quality of maintenance work.
Alhaji Yahya disclosed that arrangements had been put in place to engage a Plant Manager with track record of expertise to coordinate the operation and regular servicing of the Plant under the supervision of the Special Adviser on Rural Roads and Road Maintenance.