By Olawale Olayinka, Abeokuta
Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State said the perennial rainfall and its attendant flooding in recent times won’t stop the rehabilitation of intra and inter-city roads in the state.
Governor Abiodun, who spoke through his Consultant on Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya, said a firm directive has been issued to the Public Works Agency, OGPWA, handling palliative and reconstruction works across the State to step up its games, adding that he would not brook any excuses about rain.
A statement by the Chief Press Secretary to the governor, Mr. Kunle Somorin said the directive was issued shortly after Akinsanya inspected some roads affected by rains on Monday.
Akinsanya said that the new emergency order declared by the Governor was meant to ensure that the current downpour won’t affect movements across the state.
He said: The emergency order is a new adrenalin for OGPWA to ensure that rain, though a major challenge for rehabilitation works efforts, does not stop the agency from fixing all intra-city roads across Ogun State.
“We are poised to make our people heave a sigh of relief at the earliest possible time. We are only appealing for time to do a thorough job and that is why we are doing the works in phases.
“What we have done is to segment the works into phases. There are some that could be done in the rain. These ones, we are doing straightaway. The ones that cannot be done in the rain will have to wait till the raining season is over. But the Governor is pushing us hard to deliver on public works and infrastructure.
“We are even going beyond State and township roads. We have taken it upon ourselves to fix federal roads that run through the State.”
Akinsanya pointed out that besides road construction and rehabilitation, the state government had also begun the redesigning and proper channeling of drainage in different parts of the state to avert man-made and natural disasters.
He explained that works were being undertaken to check the flooding being experienced by residents and road users in the state.
“You will agree with me that potholes are numerous. Rivers are getting filled to the brim. Some roads have deteriorated so badly that they are impassable and some culverts and bridges are disasters waiting to happen. But we are not resting on our oars. We shall deliver good roads to bolster public transportation and increase economic growth generally,” the statement added.
For almost 16 years, some communities on the Lagos/Ogun states borders have been abandoned and the nightmare and challenges of residents are aggravated due to the deplorable state of those roads.
However, OGPWA has fixed the link road between Osi-Ota and Akowonjo in Lagos State, while palliative works are on-going along Oba Erinwole Road in Sagamu. Ajebo-Idi Aba, Siun-Ogere-Iperu roads linking Ogun Central to Ogun East Senatorial Districts are also receiving attention, as well as major township roads that have been enumerated across the 20 local government areas in line with the inclusiveness promised by the Dapo Abiodun administration.
“The story was the same in Ogun West. These communities might have been marginalised for long, but Governor Dapo Abiodun is changing the narratives. I was at Sagamu – Abeokuta axis today. From Friday, we will roll out to provide lasting solution to the Olomore roundabout road in Abeokuta.
“Our men will also be around Owode/Iyana Ilogbo along Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road as part of the phase we are going into this weekend.
“Every part of the State will be touched. No LGA or ward will be left out,” Akinsanya was quoted.