Wednesday, November 4, 2015 7:57 pm
The Ogun State government has embarked on the patching of some bad portions of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, where commuters spend many agonising hours trying to reach either Ibadan or Lagos.
Speaking during an inspection of the palliative work being carried out by the Ogun State Ministry of Works on the federal road early today, the governor said: “In the real sense of it and for me, there are no federal people, the people plying this road and other affected Federal roads within our axis are our people. We are all Nigerians and we are already collaborating with the federal government to contribute our on quota to ensure that this road is fixed.”
The governor who was accompanied on the inspection by his wife, Olufunsho, his Deputy, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga and members of the Ogun State executive council, gave the assurance that the really bad portions of the expressway, causing major gridlock around the Arepo area will be fixed within three days.
He said this was even more necessary in order to ease traffic on the ever-busy road, before the weekend, when major churches on the expressway are billed to hold their monthly programs that often attract millions of worshippers.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari would ensure that work commences on the road after the rainy season.
He said the State government has only decided to carry out the palliative measures to ease the suffering of the people travelling on the road.
The Ogun State governor said his administration had always carried out such works on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Old Abeokuta expressway, Sagamu-Ogijo road and other federal roads within the Ogun State territory.
Explaining why some of these roads are often over stretched,the governor noted that, “Ogun State is strategically located in such a way that goods and passengers going to all other parts of the country have to pass through the state.
“This is coupled with the presence of many religious camp sites that also draw large congregations,” Amosun said.
Though the governor noted that the development shows how strategic and important the State is, he however said, the pressure on the roads would not have been that much,if only the nation’s rail system was functional.
Governor Amosun assured that the state government was expediting actions on putting in place palliative measures that would, “make the road easily passable within three weeks and we are not only working on this road.”