Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun on Wednesday, lamented the non-readiness of the Federal Government to speedily attend to the poor condition of the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta expressway despite his several appeals for its rehabilitation.
Abiodun, who addressed residents and motorists yesterday in Sango Ota, while inspecting the quality and progress of work done on the road linking Joju with Sango – Idiroko road, expressly declared that failure on the part of the Federal Government at giving his request on the expressway the attention it deserved was responsible for the delay at reconstructing the expressway.
Expressing displeasure over the poor condition of the expressway, the governor passionately appealed to residents and motorists plying the Ogun corridor of the expressway to further excise patience with him, pending when his administration finds permanent solution to the sufferings which people are experiencing on the expressway on daily base.
Abiodun assured the resident that he is already working towards making sure that the Honourable Minister of Works and Infrastructure, Raji Fasola himself comes down to see the poor condition of the Abeokuta – Ota – Lagos expressway so that he can see for himself.
“I pleaded with them to handover the road to us for rehabilitation, but they refused and insisted that they would do it. You can also see the presence of Julius Berger Construction Company at the old Toll Gate axis of this expressway. But we told them to come and fix these failed portions in order to reduce these sufferings, but they wouldn’t listen”.
“I will bring the Honourable Minister of Works and Infrastructure down here so that he can physically see things for himself. If however, they still refused to do it, then, we will do it by ourselves. You can see that we are already reconstructing the Agbara – Igbesa Industrial highway, which is also a federal road. That one was even worse than thus Abeokuta – Ota – Lagos expressway.
“There are several other roads within the Sango and Ota township that we intend to rehabilitate for the benefit of all of us and we will not renege”.
“Assuming the last administration had fixed all these roads prior till now, things wouldn’t have being like these. Just bear with us”.