Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun has solicited support of the National Assembly to enable Ogun and Lagos State governments take over and reconstruct the Abeokuta- Ifo-Lagos and the Sagamu-Ikorodu roads.
Governor Abiodun made the call when he hosted the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila in his office at Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, the state capital.
Governor Abiodun, who informed the Speaker of the current deplorable condition of the roads, added that the take over of the roads would enable the two states put them in proper shape, thus taking the load off the Lagos-Ibadan road and bring succour to users.
Describing Agbara and its environment as the indusrial hub of the State, Abiodun decried the poor condition of the Agbara- Atan-Lusada road, expressing the fear that some industries may be forced to exit the area, if the road was not fix on time.
“The Agbara-Atan-Lusada road is in a very deplorable condition. Not only that, the Abeokuta- Ota- Lagos Expressway and the Sagamu-Ikorodu road are also very bad. I want to call for the support of the National Assembly in taking over the construction from the Federal government. People are really suffering on these roads”, he said.
Governor Abiodun informed his visitor that his administration was currently constructing the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road, which would serve as alternative to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, to those going to the Northern and Easthern parts of the country, as well as open up the axis for economic activities.
He said government was trying to tap from the State’s location advantage , by providing security, infrastructure and making health assessible, saying the State was able to manage and curtail Covid-19 through provision of well equipped Isolation centres and Molecular Laboratory.
The State’s helmsman described the Speaker as one of the longest member of the House and a grassroots politician, who has distinguished himself by being a worthy representative, not only to his constituency, but the south west as a whole.
Speaking earlier, Speaker Gbajabiamila, said he was in the State to see things for himself, listing road infrastructure as one of the areas, where the House would collaborate with the State government.
“I am here to see things for myself. I have heard of development that is going on in this state, despite scarce resources. I want to commend the Governor for what he has done, especially in tackling the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I know the Governor very well. He moves at a very quick pace. With him as the Governor, Ogun State will receive a face lift. I am here to extend a hand of fellowship, as there will be the need for partnership and collaboration, particularly on road projects”, the Speaker noted.
He opined that for the State to make more developmental strides in the coming years, the Governor may need to rejig his plans, as the Coronavirus has negatively affected every facet of life, calling on the people to rally round him to deliver the dividend of democracy to them.