Concerned about the plight of commuters on the ever busy Lagos-Ibadan expressway, the Ogun State Government has embarked on palliative work on bad portions of the expressway.
Speaking during an inspection tour of the ongoing palliative work being carried out by the Ogun State Ministry of Works on the federal road at about 1 pm on Wednesday, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Ogun State Governor said, “In the real sense of it and for me there are no federal people, the people plying this road and other affected Federal roads within our axis are our people. We are all Nigerians and we are already collaborating with the Federal government to contribute our on quota to ensure that this road is fixed.”
The governor who was accompanied on the inspection by his wife, Mrs. Olufunsho Amosun; Ogun State Deputy Governor, Chief (Mrs.) Yetunde Onanuga and members of the Ogun State executive council, assured that the really bad portions of the expressway currently causing major gridlock around the Arepo area will be fixed within three days.
He said this was even more necessary in order to ease traffic on the ever-busy road before this coming weekend when major churches on the expressway are billed to hold their monthly programs that often attract millions of worshippers.
While explaining that the situation of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway has got the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari who he said would ensure that work commences on the road after the rainy season, Governor Amosun added that the Ogun State government has only decided to carry out the palliative measures in order to ease the suffering of people travelling on the road.
The Ogun State governor said his administration had always carried out such works on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, Old Abeokuta expressway, Sagamu-Ogijo road and other federal roads within the Ogun State territory.
Explaining why some of these roads are often over stretched, Governor Amosun noted that “Ogun State is strategically located in such a way that goods and passengers going to all other parts of the country have to pass through the state. This is coupled with the presence of many religious camp sites that also draw large congregations.”
Though the governor noted that the development shows how strategic and important Ogun State is, he however said the pressure on the roads would not have been that much if only the nation’s rail system was functional.
Governor Amosun assured that the state government was expediting actions on putting in place palliative measures that would “make the road easily passable within three weeks and we are not only working on this road.”