The abandoned bridge on Ijoko Road
The government have also revived the much talk Anchor Borrowers Programme in the state in partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria(CBN). The aim according to the government is to eradicate poverty with initiative to provide input service support required. It planned a single digit loan,guaranteed off taker. All this in its bid to fulfill its promise to increase food production.
Today,the agency had reconstructed roads in Ilisan,Ijebu ode,Abeokuta and Ota in the Ogun west senatorial district but has truly not match the feverish way in which Governor Amosun did in his first year in office.Besides, most parts of the state especially the rural and semi urban roads crucial to any meaningful development had not seen any significant presence of the men of OPWA. They are escounsed in the more cosmolopolitan areas like Ijdbu Ode,Sagamu ,Abeokuta and Ota,where a link road is being constructed. The deputy Governor,Noimot Salako is from that axis.
In essence, the first year of road development is focused on areas where both leaders hail from and in deference to abandoned roads in other areas of the state.
However, his attention on public infrastructure appears to receive much focus is the on going reconstruction of Ijebu Ode-Epe road. The road which is now under construction is an ambitious 10- lane road which will have 4 lane on each side with one pull out section and a Toll plaza comprising 14 payment points. To ease traffic on the Lagos-Ibadan expressway and provide relief for commuters.
But then citizens of Ogun central and west senatorial district which support are crucial to the emergence of any Governor are asking what happened to several road projects in the state on which Governor Abiodun promised to complete and which have now been abandoned,left to rot and with pains and anguish on the citizens most of who have had their houses demolished with little or n compensation.
Lanre Dawodu,a citizen of Ijoun which area had a 110 kilometre economic road under construction by the Amosun administration to link Ilara ,Ilaro and other border areas of the state with Republic of Benin which had no been abandoned and which work is 50% completed.
Said he, “Government is a continuum and of what economic sense is a government abandoning a road that with its economic potentials has gone far in implementing to start a fresh project.
This definitely is political consideration and it does not speak well for somebody who on assumption of office promised to complete all on going projects and to treat all areas of the state equitably”.
While the Ijoun road has lay in ruins,and commercial activities suffer,the Lagos-Epe road is undergoing feverish attention with Governor Abiodun promising to deliver by December this year.
If the people of Ijoun are enraged,the residents of Ijoko,Agbado,Oke Aro,Alagbole,Mode,Ibafo are angry.
Angry because in the past twelve months no noticeable efforts have been made to continue the abandoned 32 kilometre road which till date is the single biggest infrastructural development in the state.
With five flyover and bridges, the axis had the biggest population in the state and being a border area with Lagos,had untapped economic potential than any other part of the state.
Indeed, when he was campaigning,he promised during his whistle stop over that he would complete the road but today,the pains and anguish on citizens who commute to Lagos daily remains undescribable.
Funmi Adewale,a banker who resides in Akute spoke of untold suffering during the rainy season adding, ” some of us with cars have been forced to abandon our cars as the roads have made it impossible to maintain cars while it has also become a death trap since most people now journey on motorcycles aka ‘Okada’ which has replaced commuter buses most of which have been forced out if the road”.
Her lamentation could not be compared to Surveyor Sefiu Akanbi who lost 42 lock-up shops during the demolition carried out eight years ago when the road reconstruction took off is in pains. He is yet to receive a kobo as compensation for his means of livelihood.
He is not alone as many landlords and families who lost houses in Agbado have not been paid and with the abandoning of the flyover, saw no justification for losing their inheritance to a project abandoned midway.
The pains of abadonement of the road becomes more apparent with the activities of miscreants who have turned the Agbado flyover into a dark spot for men of the underworld using the cover of night. Hence,a project that is supposed to bring development and improve the economic life of a once burbling settlement has become a den of armed robbers and other social miscreants.
In agbado,going to work in the wee hours of the day have become the highest risk ever bemoaned Justin Nwachukwu.
“We only hope Governor Abiodun will come and complete this project to bring sanity into this area,restore our businesses and fulfill his campaign promise” he added.
It is instructive to note that Ogun state government last march gleefully announced the success of a $350 million dollar World Bank loan to develop infrastructure in the state.
Indeed,the issue cause friction between Abiodun and former Governor Amosuns supporters who claim it has completed processing of the loan before leaving power.
But Kunle Somorin told Newdawnngr February this year that completion of the long abandoned road is part of this years budget of the state government.
Today,three months after,the Abiodun government is yet to tell citizens how the money which attracts only 1% interest rate would be spent.
If the people of the areas where abandoned projects litter are angry and bitter, residents and elites in the state capital, Abeokuta are asking questions why after twelve months into his administration, the Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun and his Deputy, Naimot Salako have refused to move into the Government House and the Deputy Governor’s Lodge as normal their official residences.
Governor since his inauguration on May 29,this year, commutes to the Governor’s Office in Abeokuta everyday either from his country home in Iperu or his palatial home in Banana Island in Lagos.
Newdawn sources, revealed that although the Deputy Governor also come from her Lekki, Lagos home she has in the meantime rented a house in Abeokuta where she stays when not willing to go to Lagos.
The house rented by the Deputy Governor according to our findings was the home of late former chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Sodeinde Sowemimo of the “my hands are tied” fame who presided over the trial of the late sage, Chief Obafemi Awolowo during the treasonable trial case in the first republic.
Informed sources revealed to Newdawn said although the official residences of the two topmost government officials were looted by the previous administration, their refusal to renovate and move in were “spiritual”.
The Presidential Lodge which would have served as a “transit camp” for the Governor was said to have also been looted badly while the Deputy Governors Guest House which could have provided same for Mrs. Salako was said to have been sold by the Amosun administration.
The sold guest house was said to have housed the former Deputy Governor when her official residence was being renovated in 2015.
When contacted on the issue, Mr Kunle Somorin,the chief press secretary to the governor,told Newdawngr that the governor and his deputy were !making sacrifices for the state by commuting from long distances since their official residences is undergoing renovation.
But today,nobody is saying anything about a renovation project which started twelve months ago.
It will be recalled that former state governor,Senator Ibikunle Amosun also shunned the governors lodge for a couple of months preferring instead to stay in the Presidential guest house in the government reservation area,often reserved for visiting dignitaries.
It was built during the military regime of military President,General Ibrahim Babangida.