By Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
The governor of Ogun State, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun has revealed that his administration has spent about N173 billion in constructions of some federal roads across the state.
He thus requested from federal government to allow State government take ownership of federal roads within the State for effective maintenance.
Amosun stated this while fielding questions at a programme tagged “ Conversation with Civil Organisation” organised by Committee for Defence of Human Right, CDHR, Ogun State.
The governor said that his government had spent N173 billion on various federal roads out of which federal government had agreed to pay back N123 billion to the coffers of the State.
He urged the civil servants who his government owed various deductions hovering slightly above N20 billion to see this inconvenience as part of the sacrifices needed to fast track infrastructural development in the State promising that his government would soon settle this outstanding.
He added that the debt profile of the State is around N133 billion and this he said included 86 billion naira debt inherited from previous administration saying that any other information different to this is pure falsehood.
The governor explained that there was no reason for federal government sitting at Abuja to say it wanted to control roads in far away other parts of the country saying that it was about time such roads were ceded to the State government.
He added that the State government could decide to tow such roads after it might have been fixed to recoup the fund expended and plough it back for maintenance.
The President of CDHR, Ogun State, Comrade Folarin, lauded the governor for endorsing the conversation as it would engender participatory governance and help strengthen democratic process in the country.
He however faulted federal government’s fight against corruption saying that the fight has been lopsided and full of political bias and tribal sentiments urging the federal government to quickly take measures to address this anomaly.