How bureaucratic bottlenecks stalled Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta Expressway reconstruction —Gov. Abiodun

Segun Ayinde, Abeokuta

Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State said bureaucratic bottlenecks stalled the reconstruction of the Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta Expressway.

This was as he assured that the Agbara-Lusada-Atan road currently under construction would be completed in September.

Abiodun, while speaking after inspecting the 20-kilometer Agbara -Lusada-Atan road in the Ado Odo/Ota Local Government Area on Wednesday, emphasized the importance of the roads not only to the economic wellbeing of the state, but that of the nation.

He recalled the efforts by Ogun and Lagos state governments to take over and reconstruct the Lagos-Sango Abeokuta Expressway, saying that he and his Lagos State counterpart were frustrated by delays from the Federal Government right from the administration of former President Muhammadu Buhari.

The governor said with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in power, the federal government was approached once again for the transfer of the road to the state, a request that was eventually granted.

He, however, said the state still faces stiff opposition from some federal officials on the transfer, which forced the state government to formally award the contract in May, with or without the necessary transfer papers.

Abiodun said, “The Lagos-Sango- Abeokuta road is a federal government road and has been in a very bad shape for a 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 for the transfer of that road for us to reconstruct.

“After waiting for a month without 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, Abiodun stressed that before his assumption of office, he met with industrialists in the area and promised to put the road in good shape.

He opined that the road was in a terrible condition, leading to trailers and other articulated vehicles falling on their sides, stating that his administration decided not to wait for the federal government before commencing its reconstruction.

The road, with a width of 10 metres, Abiodun added, is being built to standard, saying on completion, it would revive businesses and the socio-economic development of the area.

He said he was on the road to see the level of work done so far, assuring that it would be dualised from the Lagos-Badagry road end to the Agbara Estate gate, while a single lane would be constructed to Atan to aid movement.

“I am here today to have an on-the-spot assessment of how the contractor is doing. I have given them certain timelines, and I want to ensure that they are working in tandem to ensure they meet those timelines.”

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