The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure have agreed to embark on palliative work on the critical sections on the Lagos-Abeokuta and Sango-Ota-Idiroko expressways.
This follows a massive protest at Ota axis of Ogun State over deplorable condition of roads by residents and commuters.
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Last week, a group of protesters tagged #FixOtaRoads had demonstrated by blocking roads over poor state of the roads. Another round of protest slated for Monday, was later suspended by the organizers.
Our correspondent reports that the roads filled with potholes and crater have become death traps to the commuters and motorists playing them.
The Federal Controller of Works, Ogun State, Engr. Umar Bakare on Tuesday inspected critical sections on Sango-Ota-Idiroko Road and Lagos-Abeokuta Road, as part of moves to give palliative measures.
Bakare said the 64km Sango-Ota-Idiroko has been put under consideration for reconstruction by the Federal Government under the Federal Government’s Credit Scheme similar to the just awarded Sagamu-Papalanto-Obele Road.
He said that “There is a synergy between the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to carry out the palliative work on the identified bad portions of the two important roads.”
He said that as soon as work commences the failed portion between Sango and Iyana Ota, amounting to 1.2km will be prioritised, while the second phase will be the expanse of 4.7km between Iyana Ota and Iganmode Grammar School.
He noted that the Federal Government was aware of the unpalatable situation and the government is working assiduously to ensure that the roads are fixed.
He, however, appealed to the Ogun State Government to regulate the activities of traders along the road as they contribute to the traffic situation of the area.
Also speaking, the Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya assured that palliative works will commence soonest along Sango-Idiroko Road, particularly from Sango Under bridge to Iyana Ota and Ojuore.
Represented by the Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr. Lateef Yussuf, Akinsanya said that the state government has not folded its arms on the matter, adding efforts have been on to collaborate with the federal government with the view of finding lasting solution to the roads.