Ogun State is set to take over three federal roads to bolster social and economic activities in its main industrial hubs and advance commuting between the State and Lagos State.
Governor Dapo Abiodun said he had formally sought permission from the Federal Government to dualize three major Federal roads linking the state and neighbouring Lagos State under the Public-Private Partnership arrangement.
The roads are, Ikorodu – Ogijo – Sagamu Road; Epe – Ijebu – Ode Road; and Lagos – Ota – Abeokuta Road.
The governor said the takeover became necessary because of the economic importance of the roads.
He said this while interacting with the World Bank team headed by its Country Director, Rachid Benmessaoud in Abuja on Wednesday.
Governor Abiodun, in a statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Kunle Somorin, said he was at the World Bank to share his vision of collective prosperity for Ogun people and bring on board global best practices on the ease of doing business from the World Bank.
He underscored the importance of development partnership to actualise his “building our future together” agenda and the centrality of public-private sector partnerships.
“The Lagos – Abeokuta road is a sorry sight when it rains and our people need to commute to and from Lagos every day because we are to Lagos what New Jersey is to New York.
“People who commute through Iyana Ilogbo will tell you of the nightmare they encounter every day because of potholes which cause endless gridlock. This is a road that has been under construction for a long time and still needs about N26bn before completion.
“Only N1bn was in this year’s federal budget for that same road. So, as a responsible government, which is closer to the people, we have to do something,” Abiodun said.
He stated further that the Epe – Ijebu Ode Road requires similar intervention, just as the Ikorodu-Sagamu Road.
“Lagos has completed its own end of the Epe-Ijebu Ode Road. What we need to make it a total package is about 14.4km. So, we are taking it over because the welfare of our people matters. It will become an alternative route for motorists going to the Eastern part of the country,” the Governor added.
Commuters and residents of Ogun State have complained severally over the poor state of roads linking Ogun and Lagos states. Other parts of the state that require urgent intervene include the Agbara-Atan-Ota; Ota-Itele-Ayobo roads, among others.