The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun has ordered the immediate closure of the Adigbe-Opako road in the Obafemi-Owode Local Government area of the State, for commencement of work on the road.
Prince Abiodun who made this known while inspecting the collapsed bridge said, he was perturbed when he received the news of its current state and the havoc done to residents in the area.
“We will have to close this road and commence work immediately because we don’t want any unfortunate thing to happen. You have to be patient while the reconstruction lasts, so don’t be annoyed about the stress you will all pass through when the road is closed”, he said.
He disclosed that his visit with the team of engineers and Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Kayode Ademolake, had availed him with first hand information about the need to change the ring culvert carrying water, as the culvert was too small for easy flow of water, thereby affecting residents in the area.
Abiodun while assuring that a lasting solution to the road would commence without delay, said relief materials would be distributed to affected residents by the State Emergency Management Agency (SEMA).
Engr. Kayode Ademolake in his remark revealed that government would provide alternative routes for users plying the road, expressing government’s commitment to speed up the construction, so as to ameliorate the suffering of the people.
Meanwhile, Prince Dapo Abiodun has directed the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Kayode Ademolake to liaise with the Federal Controller of works and Julius Berger, to do some palliative work on the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway, saying the modalities would be worked out in conjunction with relevant stakeholders in that axis, not minding the fact that it is a federal road.
“In terms of PPP, I will take that up with relevant stakeholders in that corridor, so that we can make sure we get a more responsible level of cooperation from them. You cannot be a stakeholder, enjoy all the benefits of what we have in terms of mineral resources and then your trucks are responsible for damaging our roads; they have to be more responsible”, he said.