James Ogunnaike – Abeokuta
Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has assured that his administration would not demolish properties in its quest to improve on-road infrastructure across the State.
Abiodun who made this known on Monday while on an assessment tour of the Ikola-Navy-Osi and AIT road, in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of the State, said his administration had to prioritize the completion of the roads connecting the area with Lagos, adding that Lagos State government had already done its own portion.
Responding to residents request for walkway, the Governor explained that it has to be removed from the original plan, as it would require demolition of more properties, and this administration would not want to be characterized as ‘’one that demolishes properties’’.
“We are here to inspect construction work which is at the final stage. Members of the community are saying they would have preferred to have the walkway, unfortunately, we had to jettison it, despite inclusion in the original design, because we do not want to demolish anybody’s building and cause them pain and suffering. In the next two weeks or less, we shall be commissioning the road which is about seven meters wide with drainages”.
Abiodun said his administration would continue to make life comfortable for the people through the provision of good road network with streetlights, adding that he had instructed the contractors to cover the drainages to serve as a walkway.
In their separate remarks, a former Senator from Ogun West Senatorial District, Senator Akin Odunsi and the Onikotun of Ottun-Ota, Oba Abdulhakeem Odunaro, commended the governor for adopting a process, where roads would be constructed without demolition of property, saying the effort to make movement easy for the people in the area was a welcome development.
The governor also visited the Fajol-Ajegunle-American Junction in Obantoko, where he promised that the road would be completed and commissioned before the end of May 2020.