Ogun State governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has given assurance to residents of Sango Ota/Ijoko/Olambe/Akute/Alagbole that one side out of the existing dualized section of the 32-kilometre road lanes will be reconstructed before December.
The governor gave the assurance during a recent visit to the area, commending the residents for their patience, despite the harrowing experience they have daily commuting through the bad road.
Governor Abiodun said that the 32-kilometre road will be fully constructed in phases.
He also pledged that though the Ota/ Sango-Abeokura road belongs to the Federal Government, but the sense of urgency he attaches to the road was borne out of his desire to ensure that people who have been hitherto neglected for years in the area feel the impact of government during his administration.
He promised that one lane of the 32-kilometer road from Sango Ota through Ijoko to Alagbole will be done between now and December to ensure that motorists and other road users who ply the road daily do so without stress, which has been their lot for years.
He, however, gave the contractor handling the road marching order to ensure that the December deadline for phases 1 and 6 and palliative set for the project is achievable.
Meanwhile, Mrs Anike Anifowoshe, a popular trader in the area said, “This road used to be very bad. I have been doing my business in this area for more than ten years now and the road keep getting bad without attention from the government. I am happy that our governor, after we cried out to him the last time he came here, has decided to do something. You can see that the road is now passable.”
Also speaking, a commercial motorcycle rider, who ply the Sango-Ota-Ijoko axis, Mukaila Balogun, appreciated the state governor for his efforts at putting the road in good condition.
He said, “My brother, if you had come here about a month and half ago, you would have seen the pain we went through on daily basis. There were big craters on the road. We had to abandoned the main road and struggle with people on the walk way. My brother, it was very bad.”
A truck driver with a plastic industry in the area, Mr. Jide Ofor, said, “This road, which goes all the way to Ijoko, Alagbole to Lagos State is very important to the economy of this state and Nigeria as whole. It is not suppose to be in this terrible condition. There are many industries in this axis, but the poor condition of this road has made some to relocate to other places. My own company is also planning to leave, but with what we are seeing, maybe the management will change their minds.”
For a commercial bus operator, Wasiu Oloyede, “this road has cost us, bus and taxi drivers, a lot. The money we make is spent on repairing our vehicles. My brother, it is like working for the mechanics, all due to the bad condition of this road. Anyway, we thank God that finally, we have a government that is listening to our cry and complaints; and we are seeing the repair work going on.”