Ogun State Government on Wednesday kicked off the reconstruction of the 2.35kilometer Journalist’ Estate Road, Arepo in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the State.
The contractor mobilized to site two weeks ago to begin preliminary work on the project, which is to be reconstructed with interlocking blocks.
The road was constructed in 2005 by the Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s administration but went back soon after due to lack of drainage.
Efforts made to convince the administration of Governor Ibikunle Amosun to come to the aid of the community proved abortive, as although, contract was alleged to have been awarded, the contractor claimed he was not mobilized by the government.
On Wednesday, Works and Infrastructure Commissioner, Engr. Ade Akinsanya and his Ministry of Information counterpart, Waheed Odusile were on hand to witness the flag off.
Akisanya and Odusile also met with critical stakeholders in the community.
They assured residents and the Olu of Arepo, Oba Solomon Atanda that the project would be completed within the nine months duration.
Odusile used the opportunity to thank the Kabiyesi and the community for their efforts and patience so far, even as he expressed the commitment of this administration to support the community with other projects.
“When the governor invited traditional rulers of various communities in the State to write to government what were their pressing needs, Arepo told us, this road is the most critical and the governor has listened and today, he has ensured the fulfillment of that wish,” Odusile said.
Akinsanya, on his part, noted that plans were being put in place by the Ministry of Physical Planning to ensure minimal destructions during construction, adding that where there are properties affected, those with relevant documents will be adequately compensated.
Oba Solomon Atanda commended Governor Dapo Abiodun for assuaging the plight of the community which, he said, suffered eight years of neglect under previous administration in terms of infrastructure deficit.
Chairman, Journalists Estate Residents Development Association (JERDA), Phase One, Mrs. Olufunke Fadugba appreciated the state government for responding to the cries of the Arepo community to fix the road.
Fadugba however urged Governor Abiodun to avail the community of more presence by fulfilling the promise to give healthcare to the people.
“Aside road deficit which is now being fixed, Arepo needs a functional Primary Healthcare Centre to cater for the large population of women and children as well as the elderly who rely mostly on private out of pocket care or travel to Lagos to access primary healthcare,” she said.