…Says Fund Paucity Can’t Drop Him

Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has reiterated him commitment to frontally tackle the infrastructure deficit of the state in spite of the challenge of fund paucity.

Prince Abiodun made this renewed commitment on Wednesday while speaking with select editors after a facility tour of the sites of ongoing and completed projects in Ogun East senatorial district, including the Gateway Agro Cargo Airport at Ilisan, road networks and housing estates.

The proposed cargo airport, initiated about 10 years ago by the Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration is almost 80 per cent completed.

Abiodun, who said he came prepared for the job at hand because he sought the job, maintained that he’s not complaining, but only trying to give background information as to why the infrastructure challenges became daunting, especially bad roads across the three senatorial districts, which his administration has begun to tackle evenly.

The government has worked on major roads in all the three senatorial districts, including the 14-kilometer Ijebu-Ode-Epe road; the Sagamu-Siun-Abeokuta road and the Atan-Lusada-Agbara-Marogbo Toll road, linking Lagos, which is ongoing.

Commenting of the deplorable state of Sango-Ota-Oke Aro-Ojodu-Abiodun road, linking Lagos, Abiodun explained that successive administrations have neglected the area by abandoning the road and others.

He, however, promised to provide palliative work to fix the craters on the road before December to allow free flow of traffic, while also working on permanent construction that will solve the problem once and for all.

Speaking earlier, the Ogun State Commissioner for Works, Engr Ade Akinsanya, who led the editors on the facility tour, said that the Denro-Ishashi road corridor, which is nearing completion, will also provide alternative route for residents of Lambe/Akute, who work in Lagos.

On the completion date of the Agro Cargo Airport, Engr Akinsanya explained that the features of the airport, which is the first of its kind in Nigeria, was a blend of San Francisco Airport and Dubai; and will be ready in December.

The control tower and the runaway, the two most important features in airports, according to him, have reached 80 per cent completion.

Engr Akinsanya also said that the icing on the cake of the Agro Cargo Airport is the economic deals with African Development Bank, AfDB, to site an agro testing firm at Sagamu, adding that most of the agricultural products in Nigeria lacks certification, which has made their exportation to other countries impossible.

The commissioner also led the team to Molusi road in Ijebu-Igbo, housing projects in Abeokuta and an imposing Gateway City Gate, a tourist site at the Sagamu interchange, amongst other projects.

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