As part of its zero tolerance to potholes on its roads, the Ogun state government recently inaugurated a six-lane road while works on other inner roads are ongoing in the state, writes Comfort Umoren
To fulfill part of its commitment on the provision of good and durable roads in all nooks and crannies of the state as well as evolving effective coordination and integration of all the components of transportation within Ogun State, the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure inaugurated a 6-lane Ita-Eko-Sokori-Totoro road covering 3.2kms in the state capital, Abeokuta recently. At the ceremony, the state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun stated that the Ita-Eko-Sokori-Totoro road would serve as a model of the highways that would dot the nooks and crannies of the state in the future. Apart from the 6-lane road, some inner roads such as the road that links the stadium to the cultural centre as well as the Surulere Ariya road were also constructed.
The governor also stated that his administration is committed to creating a network of roads that will aid business transactions, wealth creation and development as well as improvement on the standard of living of its people and visitors within the state. The newly constructed roads, which were done by the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), according to the governor, met the Ogun State standard and were constructed to meet international standards as validated by the Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE).
Some of the features of the roads include open and covered drainage systems, pedestrian walkways and spaces for planting trees and flowers which will not only beautify the environment but also provide a healthy atmosphere. At the Ita-Eko-Sokori-Totoro roundabout, a space was cleared for the Oba Olawale Oreleye green park where trees and flowers would be planted to further beautify the environment and serve as a relaxation spot.
Another road that was also inaugurated was the Onikolobo road, Ibara GRA, which is 600m long. The road was said to have been built in order to reduce traffic congestion at the Panseke market. Amosun also promised residents of the area that the pedestrian bridge which is under construction would be of world class standards all in a bid to avoid road accidents.
“A flyover would be built at Ibara roundabout so as to reduce traffic congestion around and along Ita-Eko-Sokori-Totoro,” he stated.
Investigations carried out by THISDAY revealed that contract had been awarded by the state government to a Brazillian construction firm for the construction of Sango-Ijoko-Agbado-Oke Aro-Akute-Ojodu-Abiodun network of roads of 4 lanes which will be 32km long while bids for the construction of 18 planned roads is still on-going.
In an interview with journalists, the state commissioner for works and infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite said that the Amosun’s infrastructural provision agenda is a zero tolerance to potholes on roads in order to upgrade the existing roads by constantly maintaining and reconstructing damaged roads, opening up new roads where necessary and ensuring good road network throughout the state.
Speaking on the cost of constructing Ita Eko – Sokori – Totoro road, the commissioner disclosed that it cost them N1.3bn to construct the 3.2km road. A reliable source told THISDAY that during the construction some structures that were obstructing work on the road were destroyed, one of such is the Akintex petroleum company along the road which the government promised to relocate.
However, some of the owners of the destroyed buildings were compensated either by providing land for the state government to build for them or by paying them in cash. So far six of the compensated houses had been erected in form of bungalows and one to two-storey buildings.
“Apart from the state capital, other places where the ministry is working are in all divisions of the state especially in the maintenance of roads and flood control projects where drains, culverts and bridges were constructed. Some of such projects include drainage channelisation along Olisa Road – Ondo Road and Lewu deflooding project at Ijebu-Ode, reconstruction of a destroyed culvert along Imeko-Afon road and the damaged Gbangba-Ijaye bridge. We are committed to transforming the landscape of Ogun State through excellent road network so as to accelerate the pace of the state’s socio-economic development,” Adegbite explained.
He added that the Amosun-led administration apart from developing big towns and new areas as well as creating accessible network of roads, also intends to empower the Vehicle Inspection Unit to be more efficient, so as to rid the roads of vehicles that are not roadworthy and to alleviate poverty as well as develop and improve efficiently other modes of transportation system such as Light Rail, Mono rail, water ways etc in order to make life more meaningful for its citizenry.
He further added that the BMT buses would soon be introduced in the state as bus stations have been built at different locations of the state. Stating some of the major areas in which the current administration has excelled, the commissioner stated that it is in the educational sector and in the provision of infrastructure for its people.