July 11, 2024

Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta expressway: How bureaucracy stalled its reconstruction  — Gov Abiodun


By James Ogunnaike

GOVERNOR Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State, yesterday, expressed worry over the bureaucratic bottleneck that stalled the reconstruction of the Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta Expressway.

Governor Abiodun also assured that the Agbara-Lusada-Atan road currently under construction would be completed in September.

Speaking in an interview after inspecting the 20-kilometre Agbara -Lusada-Atan road in the Ado Odo/Ota local government area, the governor emphasized the importance of the roads not only to the economic wellbeing of the state but the nation.

While recalling the efforts by Ogun and Lagos state governments to take over and reconstruct the Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta expressway, Abiodun said: “The Lagos-Sango- Abeokuta road is a Federal Government road and has been in a very bad shape for long. Because of the suffering our people pass through on the road, I and my counterpart in Lagos jointly wrote a letter, using a single letterhead to the Federal Executive Council, seeking the transfer of that road for us to reconstruct.

“After waiting for a month without a reply, we wrote a reminder. That road was not handed over to us until the present federal government came on board. The contract for the road has since been awarded since May this year.”

On the deplorable condition of the Atan-Lusada-Agbara road, Governor Abiodun disclosed that before he assumed office, he met with industrialists in the area and promised to reconstruct the roads.

On the recent attack on his person on social media, Abiodun said: “My attention was drawn to various sponsored media attacks on my person and my administration. These media attacks are focusing on roads by attempting to disparage me and accuse me of either neglect not being responsive or being uncaring.”