Ogun State Governor, Dapo Abiodun, on Wednesday, said the completion period of the 14km Ijebu-Ode-Epe road project would not be completed in July 2021 due to the rainy season and effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Governor said his administration should not be blamed for the deplorable condition of some roads across the state..
Abiodun spoke during the inspection of the ongoing construction of 14km Ijebu-Ode-Epe road.
The Governor who was accompanied by the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, said the abandoned road had lately generated media attention.
He said his administration should not be blamed for the poor condition of infrastructure in the state .
The Governor while assessing the level of the ongoing project, said the road, when completed, would serve as alternative route to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
He said the road will also open up the Ijebu-Ode-Epe corridor for industrial purposes.
He explained that many investors have already expressed interest in applying for industrial land along the corridor towards creating businesses that would further provide job opportunities for the people.
He explained that the state government was doing its best to prioritise the abandoned projects inherited from the immediate past administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
Abiodun said he is not unaware of the hardships being faced by commuters across the State, assuring that his administration would not abandon any of its projects
"But I have since directed the Ministry of Works to look at what we can do on that road as palliative to ensure that our people do not suffer unduly.
" I want to use this opportunity to say that I share the pain of our people that live in that corridor, but they should be rest assured that we are on top of that situation in terms of redesigning that road and prioritising it.
"They will soon begin to see active work on that road, and it would not be something we are doing for photo-ops or something that we are going to start and abandon it.
" When we start on that road, having re-dimensioned, reevaluated and redesigned it, we would ensure that we complete it with drainages.
"Because we want to bring more people to live in Ogun State and work in Lagos. We say Ogun State is spillover state for Lagos State, so we want to continue to encourage that but, they should please be patient with us and give us time as we embark on it. It cannot happen overnight.
"Government only has little resources, particularly now that we are dealing with the effects of the pandemic where there is an economic contraction, funding is very scarce and we have to make judicious use of funds allocated between infrastructure, agriculture, food for our people (and) healthcare which has now become a front burner issue for all of us."
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