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Abiodun seeks ‘special status’ for Ogun roads

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Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has called on the Federal Government to accord special status to the state due to its geographical peculiarities.

“Every economic activity in mobility, to and from Lagos, must pass through Ogun State. We have one of the busiest land border to the expansive West African market, that is where we derived our appellation as the Gateway State.

“Therefore, 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 said.

The governor said his government undertook the reconstruction of the Ijebu-Ode-Epe road because of the pressure on the Lagos-Ibadan express road and to ease movement of people, goods and services from and into the Nation’s economic capital, Lagos.

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Abiodun made this call while addressing a townhall meeting with leaders and other stakeholders at Ogere/Ode Remo tollgate of the Lagos-Epe express road with the Minister of Works Raji Fashola in attendance.

Giving the state a special status in terms of road construction, Abiodun said would not only benefit citizens of the state, but would also benefit a lot of people that would have to undergo economic activities on the road that stretches from Lagos to Ibadan and the East-West Road of Sagamu-Benin Expressway.

The Governor explained that the road when finally completed would not only ameliorate the suffering of the people, but would also ensure the continued development of the country.

In his remarks, the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, ordered that truck and trailers parked along the Ogere end of the Lagos -Ibadan Expressway be removed to give way to the ongoing reconstruction work on the highway.

He attributed indiscriminate parking of heavy-duty trucks along the highway as one of the challenges confronting the reconstruction process.

The Minister, therefore, solicited for cooperation and sacrifice from Nigerians, for the job to be completed within the stipulated time.

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