Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, has disclosed that his administration will collaborate with Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) to reconstruct the dilapidated Ogijo-Sagamu Road.
Abiodun, who made this disclosure on Monday at the official inauguration of the four-kilometer Oba Erinwole Road in Sagamu Local Council, said work would commence on the construction of Hospital Road in Sagamu during the week.
He expressed dismay that previous administrations left the Oba Erinwole Road unattended, despite its direct bearing on the socio-economic lives of the people, which according to him led to the deplorable condition of the important road.
He said: “We realized that majority of these roads have a direct bearing on the economic circumstances of our people. One such neglected road is the Oba Erinwole Road. By the time we came into office, the road had become a nightmare; completely impassable, and caused untold hardship to our people and Sagamu was becoming a pariah among cities because of this neglect.
“I am therefore happy to be here today, to commission this same Oba Erinwole Road that was meant to be a punishment orchestrated by the former governor and narrow-minded politicians of yesteryears towards the Remo people. This project again is a touchstone to our commitment as a promise-keeping administration. We will continue to fulfill all our promises in all parts of Ogun State.
In our approach to the infrastructural development of Ogun State, Oba Erinwole Road was identified among other roads across the state, as a top priority for completion before the end of our first term. To date, over 80 major roads and others (Federal roads inclusive) totaling 400km have been constructed, reconstructed, or rehabilitated across the state. This administration in three years and six months has done more in terms of kilometers of roads than previous administrations in the state.
“The road apart from being a major link to Lagos, the nation’s economic capital and live wire of economic activities to Sagamu, it would also provide access to the retinue of industries operating in the axis.
“The road was constructed to meet the standard, it would improve the living standard of the people and open up the potentials of Sagamu for more investors.”
The governor, who said the road was chosen by the people based on their needs, assured that his government would ensure that all local government areas benefit from the road projects.
Abiodun further disclosed that graders and other road equipment would be deployed to local councils across the state, to rehabilitate roads at the grassroots.
In his goodwill message, the Akarigbo and Paramount Ruler of Remoland, Oba Babatunde Ajayi, said the road before the reconstruction, was one of the most deplorable roads in the state, appreciating the governor by keeping to his words by reconstructing the road.