Sunday, 24 July 2022

Ota Road : Gov Abiodun Gives FG Two Weeks Ultimatum

Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun Abiodun says his administration will take over reconstruction of Sango/Ota-Abeokuta expressroad in two weeks, if the federal government fails to fix it within that period.

Abiodun, who said this shortly after inspecting some bad portions of the 52.5 kilometre road in Ewekoro axis, on Saturday said, the action became necessary after the state government alongside Lagos state had made frantic efforts several times to draw the attention of the federal government, through the office of the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola to the bad shape of the road without any positive response. 

The governor who expressed worry over the hardship motorists and commuters face on the road declared that his administration will not fold its arms and allow its citizenry to continue to suffer due to the negligence of the authority in charge of the road.

“If after two weeks, the federal government refuses to commence work on this road, I will take it over and reconstruct it”, he said.

While appealing to the people of the state, particularly those living along the road to be patient, the governor informed that the reason behind the inspection was to examine the level of infrastructural development in Ogun Central and Ogun West Senatorial Districts with a view to ascertain the level of damages done to some of the major roads in the areas in order to  fashion out the best way towards their reconstruction. 

He observed  that the road awarded to Julius Berger about 15 years ago had been abandoned, making it impassable, saying that despite the various palliative being carried out on the road, some of the blue chip companies located along the road had failed to support the efforts of the government through its Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR).

He assured that the state government would continue to prioritise the welfare of the people of the state in line with his promises during the last governorship campaign.

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