Osagie Otabor, Akure
Ondo State Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu has said that the firm which owned the explosives that exploded at Eleyewo along the Akure-Owo-Benin Highway would pay for the properties destroyed.
He said proper valuation of the affected properties must be ascertained before the company would be made to pay to the last penny.
A truck conveying the explosives on March 28 exploded at about 1am after fire erupted from the engine.
It destroyed two churches, a school and over 70 buildings, but nobody died.
Traffic was diverted to the abandoned old Benin-Akure Road due to the huge crater created on the road by the blast.
Akeredolu, who spoke while inspecting repair work on the road, said the company would be made to pay the affected residents after the valuation of the properties had been completed.
He urged the residents to cooperate with the valuers and assured them that he would not leave them to bear the burden of the explosion alone.
The governor expressed satisfaction about the repair on the road, which he said was being done through the Direct Labour Agency of the Ministry of Works.
He said the work is important because the road is the only shortest route to access other parts of the country from Akure.
The Special Adviser on Lands, Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Raimi Aminu, had said the reconstruction was being done with specifications of the Federal Ministry of Works.
He said the job would be completed within 10 weeks, adding that the Federal Government would reimburse the state the cost of fixing the road.
Governor Akeredolu has hailed a member of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), Mr. Israel Arogbonlo, for donating his monthly allowance to help fight COVID-19.
The governor, who spoke while receiving the allowance, described Arogbonlo as a patriotic Nigerian who wanted to help alleviate the effects of the pandemic on the people.
Arogbonlo, a graduate of Mass Communication from the Kogi State University, said the teachings he received while at the orientation camp to always put the nation first, necessitated his action.