Relief has come to the people in border towns of Gbenro, Isashi and Akute, in Ifo Local Government Area of Ogun State, as government says it is set to construct the abandoned Gbenro-Isase-Akute road.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, disclosed this in an interview, after inspecting the construction of the ongoing Panseke-Adigbe dualisation road project in Abeokuta, saying though, it was awarded and abandoned by the last administration, there was need to complete it to boost the economy of the area.
Governor Abiodun said while inspecting the abandoned project last year, he assured the residents that the work would be completed by his administration, as asphalt laying of the road has commenced, with similar project ongoing at Elite, Obantoko, Lafenwa-Rounda and other access roads in the State capital.
“We are equally working on the Epe-Ijebu-Ode road, township roads in Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu-North, Sagamu, as well as Ilaro-Owode road. We have completed two roads at Ota. To further bring sucour to the people, we have also listed another set of roads like the Gbenro-Isashi-Akute road in Ifo Local Government, which had been abandoned for over two decades”, he stated.
Prince Abiodun described road infrastructure as a catalyst for socio-economic development, saying, “we see road as an essential component of our five pillars because it is important for us to ensure that people coming to live, work and do business in Ogun State are able to do so without going through the pain of hazardous roads”.
He pledged his government’s determination to make the State more accessible and attractive to investors through good road network across the State, hinting that the Kuforiji-Olubi road had been awarded for rehabilitation,
Addressing residents of the area, Governor Abiodun said his administration had prioritised the issue of roads in the State, assuring them that government would invest in any project of economic value, where the people’s money was involved, would be completed, which informed the decision to mobilise contractors back to some of the abandoned road projects, such as Rounda-Lafenwa and Kuto roads, as well as the Kuto flyover, among others.
Gov. Abiodun urged the people to be patient with his government, as the dividends of democracy, especially in infrastructural development, would be felt in every nook and cranny of the State.
Earlier, Ogun State Project Manager, China Civil Engineering Construction Company, Sewell Zhao, promised to complete the section between the NNPC and Kuto bridge as soon as possible, appreciating government for its financial and moral supports.
In their separate remarks, some of the residents and road users along Panseke-Adigbe road, Collins Anozie and Mrs. Aremo Oluwatoyin, commended the Prince Dapo Abiodun administration for ameliorating the sufferings of the people in the last one year.
Elijah Udofia & Femi Olayinka,
Press Officers, Office of the Gov. & Min. of Works