(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – The Ogun State Government has hinted on plans to take over the reconstruction and rehabilitation of some major Federal Government roads in the state.
This was disclosed by the state governor, Dapo Abiodun, while briefing State House correspondents, following a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa last week Thursday.
While revealing that the move was in partnership with the Lagos State Government, Governor Abiodun said that his administration had made appreciable impact since coming onboard, adding that Ogun State was a gateway to Lagos and other parts of the country, hence the need to develop the critical infrastructure that would encourage commerce.
According to Abiodun, his administration, in its first one year, had intervened in almost 90km of roads, out of which 22km had been completed, while others were ongoing, adding that the next phase would involve work on internal and border roads.
The governor further added that his administration’s key focus was to provide key infrastructure across the state, which is the “expansion corridor of Lagos”, which necessitated the need to provide critical infrastructure that would boost business confidence and industrialisation.
The governor said he also came to draw President Buhari’s attention to the deplorable condition of the two major roads linked to the Agbara Industrial Estate, the Agbara-Atan-Lusada road, which had become threats to investors and multinationals in the state, adding that the state intended to rehabilitate the road and ask for a refund from the Federal Ministry of Works
Governor Abiodun also stated that there was an ongoing plan by the Lagos and Ogun State governments to rehabilitate the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road, adding that President Buhari had accented to his requests and had promised to give the necessary incentives for the economic development of the region.
The governor also revealed that 1870 houses will be built across three senatorial districts as part of efforts to sustain the economic development in the state.
POTENTIAL IMPACT: The construction and rehabilitation of critical infrastructure in Ogun State, which is the expansion corridor of Lagos State, will no doubt boost business confidence and industrialization in the state.