Ogun State Governor Dapo Abiodun has broken his silence over failed roads in the state, revealing that the federal government owed the state government over N300 billion spent on rehabilitation of federal roads.
The governor gave the revelation at the weekend while hosting members of Igbobi College Old Boys Association who paid him a courtesy call in his Oke Mosan office, Abeokuta, the state capital.
He lamented the deplorable condition of most of the federal roads in the state, said a sum of N13bn is required to reconstruct the failed portions of the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta expressway while adding that N75bn would be needed to fix the entire stretch of the road.
“The Federal Government is owing Ogun State over N300 billion for the various federal roads we have constructed so far. Concerning the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta expressway, when the engineers were asked to assess the road, they put the cost of reconstructing the failed portions at about N13bn, while the sum of N75bn will be needed to reconstruct the entire stretch of the road. Our State does not have such amount of money”, he said.
While intimating the old boys association of his administration’s achievements in the last two and a half years, the governor said interventions had been carried out in the education, health, agriculture and road infrastructure and Information Technology, adding that a Tech Hub had been established to chart a pathway to technological innovations in the state.
He noted that the security architecture in the state had been rejigged to create conducive business environment.
Abiodun also noted that the local fabric of Adire had been revolutionised to enable the people benefit from its value chain, while 7,000 hectares industrial cluster had been opened at Magboro town, with necessary facilities for investors’ attraction.
The governor called on investors to take advantage of numerous potentials available in the state, saying that land acquisition, hitherto done haphazardly, had been digitised.
“A business promotion agency has also been established for seamless business relationship between government and investors”, he stated.
He also stressed need for old students associations such as Igbobi College Old Boys Association, made up of prominent personalities from almost all parts of the country, to join the state government in reforming the education sector.
Chairman of the association, Senator Lanre Tejuosho, said the association was in the state for a four-day retreat, saying the courtesy visit was to familiarise members with officials of government, as some of them are interested in investing in the state.
Some members of the association lauded the incumbent government for the successes recorded so far, especially in the areas of agriculture and road infrastructure.
They called on the state government to build a central park in Abeokuta while more structures,they said, should be put in place to attract more investors to the state