Indigenes of Ogun State have been assured of equitable distribution of infrastructural development that would not only transform rural and urban communities but ensure that the populace get adequate multiplier effect on their immediate economy, as no part of the State would be left unattended to.
The State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun who gave this assurance in his inaugural speech at the swearing-in ceremony in Abeokuta, said, urgent attention would be given to transform the present public infrastructure, such as rural and urban roads, electricity, as well as housing, to ensure that the concerns of the people are well placed.
Underscoring the importance of good road infrastructure, the number one man in the State, said communities in each Local Government Areas would be involved in determining the roads that needed immediate attention for prioritization, saying his Deputy, Mrs. Noimot Oyedele-Salako has been directed to coordinate the collation of all township, rural, as well as inter-state roads within industrial areas of the state.
He disclosed that his administration would deploy several strategies and financing options, such as public- private partnership (PPP), establishment of infrastructural development Bonds and other initiatives in the funding and review of projects across the State, noting that the moribund Public Works Department, renamed Ogun State Roads Management Agency (OGROMA) by past administration, would be resuscitated and empowered to commence immediate rehabilitation of roads.
Prince Abiodun stated further that a multi-modal transportation system was being considered for different parts of the State, which would transverse people in rural to urban areas and enable unhindered movement of material resources, stressing that critical interstate road would be fixed and expanded.
Speaking with Pressmen, a former Senator in the State, Alhaji Gbenga Kaka, advised the newly sworn-in Governor to prioritize his administration’s programmes and plans by carrying out cost benefit analysis of projects, adding that benefits must be conferred on the people, in both the rural and urban areas of the State.
On her part, a former Commissioner in the State, Mrs. Doyin Ogunbiyi said that rural, urban and interstate roads should be made more motorable, to promote and encourage ease of doing business.