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Ogun begins massive reconstruction of major roads

The Ogun state government has embarked on a massive road reconstruction across the state as part of its effort to strategically sustain industrial developments within the state.

CAMPUS REPORTER earlier reported that the state’s industrial capacity was gradually declining as manufacturers and investors moved to neighbouring states, owing to the deplorable roads in the area.

Dapo Abiodun, on his appointment as the governor of the state, promised to provide better a road network for the people and now, even with a pandemic suspending the socio-economic activities of the state, the governor has taken a giant stride to continue reconstruction of bad roads as well as palliative interventions for others.

Despite the rainy season and excessive flooding, interventions have been provided on major roads that lead into the state as well as other industrial areas in the state. Serving its role as a major bypass, construction works have commenced on the Owode-Ilaro road which, when completed, will ease the traffic burden on the popular Sango-Idiroko road.

Interventions have also been provided on the Sango-Ota expressway as Abiodun is in talks with the Federal Government, seeking for the transfer of the Lagos-Abeokuta and Sango-Idiroko Expressways to the Ogun State Government for a full reconstruction.

Similarly, the contractor in charge of the Panseke-Adigbe road project has begun construction. The engineers are constructing a 1.2x2m box culvert around RabEng Filling Station, towards stopping the torrential water flow which causes businesses in the area to either close down or temporarily use makeshift shelters every year.

The government assured residents of Ojodu Abiodun, Akute in Ifo Local Government area that it would commence work on the 4.65-kilometre road at the end of the current raining season, with a promise to deliver a brand new road.

The Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, who gave the assurance after inspecting palliative work on the road, said that the work currently going on in the area was just a temporary measure to reduce the hardship on road users.

He added that aside from the 4.65-kilometre Ojodu Abiodun/Akute road, the road from Sango to Akute, where the bridge can be seen, would also be done.

Also, construction processes have commenced on the Lafenwa- Ayetoro road, which was abandoned by the past government.

Additionally, the Epe-Ijebu Ode road (currently being constructed with a 14-lane toll plaza and 17 culverts and additional bridges) is planned to be on concession to private investors through the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) thereby generating significant sustainable revenue for the state, aside from creating jobs and developing the economy of the region.

Abiodun in a tweet also said: “I have directed that palliative works be done on Ojodu Abiodun-Denro Ishashi-Ajuwon-Akute Alagbole-Yakoyo, and Alagbado-Oke Aro-Lambe-Matogun Roads, to keep them motorable until after the current rainy season when we will commence full reconstruction.

“This expedient was necessary because I understand the hardship that residents of the areas face. I have therefore instructed that the palliative works be extended to the environs of the areas, as a show of good faith.”

However, it is speculated that the moves by the governor are targeted towards attracting more industries and investors which will, in turn, generate revenue and economic growth for the state.

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