Bankole Taiwo, Abeokuta
Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun over the weekend, assured the people of the state that one side of the ongoing ten lane dualisation project of 14.7km Ijebu-Ode-Epe express road would be ready for use by Christmas.
Prince Dapo Abiodun who made this known while on an on-the-spot assessment tour of the road, got assurance from the contractors that about eight to nine kilometers of one lane of the road would be completed in the next ten days.
“The entire stretch going all the way from Epe to Ijebu-Ode would be completed by Christmas,” the governor said.
He added that the award of the interchange flyover which would be in form of a loop was awarded so as to ensure that accidents do not occur on the road as have been witnessed in other interchanges or other intersections in the past.
“The contractors have assured me that they will intensify work on this road. I have insisted because we have Christmas approaching. I have insisted that they must complete one segment of this road, one lane of this road all the way to Ijebu-Ode. They, in turn assured me that in the next ten days, they would have completed about eight to nine kilometers of one lane and have promised to ensure that by Christmas, the entire stretch going all the way from Epe to Ijebu-Ode completed.
“Furthermore, we’ve just awarded the interchange flyover contract that will allow for ease of flow of traffic from this road into Ijebu-Ode and onto the expressway, so that we do not have a situation where people are speeding on this road and they run onto the Sagamu-Ore expressway and then we begin to have accidents like we’ve seen in other interchanges or other intersections, it is going to be a loop, that has been awarded, the contractor has started to mobilising and getting ready to begin that loop,” he said.
Governor Abiodun further disclosed that the opening of the road would further open up the corridor for more industrial activity, adding that the road when completed would also increase the efficiency of travel and longetivity of the road.
Prince Abiodun stressed that the road, when completed, would not only connect the state to Lagos State, but connect the Mid-Western states of the country to the Eastern part of the country.
He noted that the road would also help to reduce the burden of traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway
Abiodun said his administration has awarded the contruction of the Molipa expressway, noting that construction work would soon commence as the contractors has been mobilised.