By Jude Njoku
The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, an architect, has assured residents of the state of the resolve of the the present administration to complete all on-going road projects it embarked upon across the state before the expiration of its tenure in 2019.
The Commissioner also pledged the readiness of the Amosun-led government to open up some new roads which he assured would also be completed within the stipulated period.
The Commissioner according to the Ministry’s spokesman, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso gave the assurances during the 2015 budget performance visit to the ministry by the members of the House Committee on Works and Infrastructure led by its Chairman, Mr. Olayiwola Ojodu.
“New roads with socio-economic importance or advantage to our people have been identified. There are so many roads that are on ground; of course some of them will have to be prioritised according to funds available. People are saying that are all these roads going to be abandoned especially the ones that were marked for the urban renewal. I want to say that all these statements are mere imaginations of the people because I am almost too certain that these projects will not only be completed, we will start new ones. Some of these roads are 75 to 80 percent completed,” he said.
Adegbite who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Kayode Ademolake, an engineer explained that out of about N21billion budgeted for the ministry, only N18 billion is meant for road projects. According to him, the agency has spent N1.5 billion so far.
Speaking on the recently completed ultra modern shopping mall built by the government at Shapon in the Abeokuta South Local Government Area, the commissioner assured that government would be fair and just in its allocation. He disclosed that allocation to traders would commence as soon as all the necessary papers are completed.
Responding, the Chairman of the Committee, Mr. Ojodu commended the ministry for a job well done.