Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has appealed to the Federal Government to grant special status to roads in the state as it plays host to the largest industrial hub in the country.
He made the appeal at the Stakeholders Town Hall Meeting attended by the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola at Ogere along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
The governor lamented that all the Federal roads in the state had become deplorable due to activities of articulated vehicles.
He said, “It is just right to say that Ogun State deserves a special status in terms of consideration for road constructions. I believe this is doable. It is not just for Ogun State, it is for the common good of all Nigerians and continued development of our great nation.”
He noted that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, which most parts lie in the state and the longest road “that leads to busiest air and sea ports in the country, has over time deteriorated and become a nightmare to motorists and other road users.
“We are particularly delighted that the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway is receiving Federal Governments attention.
Indeed, in the last two or three weeks, this road has been a nightmare. At certain points, I have had to personally intervene by directing traffic.
“Experience on this road diminishes the fact that this road leads to the busiest sea and air ports in Nigeria. We bear the most of the hardship on this road because the longest stretch of the road is in Ogun State. Whether the stretch from Lagos to Ibadan or the stretch that leads to the East-West Road of Sagamu-Benin Expressway, the longest stretch lies in Ogun State,” he added.
Though he commended the Federal Government for reconstructing the road, Governor Abiodun, said the ecological challenges facing the state as a result of the mining activities by the construction company, called for more supervision in the issuing of mining licence in order to preserve the environment.
While he told the Minister that his administration had commenced the reconstruction of the Ijebu-Epe Road, he reiterated his appeal to the Federal Government for the take over of the Lagos-Sango-Abeokuta Road to take the load off the Lagos-Ibadan road as well as the 19.8km Atan-Lusada-Agbara, which played host to multinational and local industries.
He said his administration had carried out palliative works on Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu Road among others, stating that these were not enough as total reconstruction was needed for durability.
The governor added that two fire stations would be built at Isheri and Mowe, to respond to fire emergencies on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway corridor while a trailer park would be sited at Sagamu to provide alternative to Ogere park.
On his part, the Minister of Works and Housing, ordered tanker and trailer drivers to move their vehicles out of the road, as pouring of used petroleum products could destroy the roads.