Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun State government on Wednesday said that it has awarded 32km Sango under-bridge-Ijoko-Alagbole road as well as Mowe-Ofada road and that the two roads are due for completion by December.
The government also announced the commencement of fixing the 7.5km Singer-Tollgate failed portion of Abeokuta-Sango expressway saying that other identified bad portions of the expressway at Itori, Ewekoro among others would also be attended to very soon.
The Commissioner for Works, Engr Ade Akinsanya ably supported by the Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Waheed Odusile made this disclosure at a press briefing held at Olusegun Osoba Press Centre, Governor’s Office, Oke Mosan, Abeokuta.
Engr Akinsanya stated that the road construction was approved during the state weekly executive council meeting held on Monday, August 1.
He revealed that though these two roads; Sango-Ijoko dual carriage way and Mowe-Ofada had been awarded by the immediate past government of Gov Amosun in 2013 and 2018 but were later abandoned and now in bad shape causing the users of the roads untold hardship.
Akinsanya said that the decision of the government to fix these roads is hinged on the fall out of the on the spot assessment visit of Gov Dapo Abiodun to some of these roads about two weeks ago
He stated that the government is in talks with the contractors handling these road projects to ensure that they are completed by December.
Engr Akinsanya disclosed further that the government has also began working on the bad portion of Abeokuta-Sango expressway starting with the 7.5km Singer-Tollgate while plans are also underway to ensure that the whole stretch expressway is made motorable.
The Commissioner for Information, Alhaji Waheed Odusile has however said that the attention being given to these road projects was not informed by the fear of the Governor losing his second term bid.
Odusile said that the Governor had always embarked on road construction as part of efforts to fulfill his electoral promises while making life more comfortable for the residents of the state.
The Commissioner said “for instance on this Abeokuta-Sango road, the governor had been to Abuja more than four times to plead that the road should be released to the state to fix, they have always said that they will fix the road but up till now nothing has been done yet people using this road are suffering. So the Governor decided that something should be done and this accounted for all these road projects, it is not because of the fear of anything.”