Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, says his state and Lagos are seeking Federal Government’s approval to reconstruct and toll the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway currently in state of disrepair.
He disclosed this to State House correspondents on Thursday in Abuja after reportedly had a meeting with President General Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa.
Abiodun who underscored the economic importance of the road to both states, said the two states were ready to take the burden off the Federal Government by reconstructing it.
He said, “The Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road is probably the second busiest road in this country.
“Roads are in such deplorable condition and we understand that the Federal Government cannot afford to build all the roads at the same time.
“But as a state government, Lagos State government and I have written to Mr. President, asking Mr. President to transfer that road to us.
“It is a commercial road and we will commercialise it so that we can take that burden off the Federal Government.
“I am glad to say that Mr. President was very pleased with these our discussions and these applications and has promised to see what he will do to give us the necessary support so that this can also help us in the economic uplift of our region.”
The Governor said he also sought from the President the rehabilitation of the Agbara-Lusada-Atan Road.
He described the road as the only link to Nigeria’s biggest industrial hub, the Agbara Industrial Estate.
He lamented that the situation with the Lusada- Agbara-Atan road as it could threaten the nation’s industrial growth, as many manufacturing companies were located in this axis of Ogun State.