The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has called on the Nigerian Senate, to declare a state of emergency on Federal roads within the state.
Prince Dapo Abiodun made the call when he received the Senate Committee on Works in his office.
Abiodun noted that it was pertinent that a state of emergency be declared on federal roads in the state because of their terribly poor state.
According to him, all federal roads in the state are impeding economic activities in the corridor that passes through the state, which is the Nation’s Gateway State.
“I want to call on you to help us declare an emergency on the state of our Federal roads. It is as if, they are non-existent.
We looked at these roads and we said it is important for people to be able to move between the states and the sub-region that share borders with us.
We are appealing because it’s the only way we can continue to promote the economic development of our state, when we economically develop our state.
“We are also developing the country and the multiplier effect can be imagined. Whatever it is that we do by bringing industries to Ogun State, the taxes are going to the federal purse; whatever it is that we do directly or indirectly, the Federal Government is benefiting.
So, it is important for us to look out for ways and means to see how we can ensure that people can move with relative ease,” he said.
The governor also said the population explosion being experienced in the country has made the six-lane road pattern on Lagos-Ibadan expressway, for instance, outdated.
He stressed that what is required would be like, at least a ten-lane road pattern, at the minimum.
That, he said, should be considered by the federal government for the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which he described as the busiest in the country.
Abiodun added that it is important for the federal government to look out for alternative roads like the Sagamu to Ikorodu road and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road.
Such alternative roads, he emphasized, would have served as alternatives for motorists if the roads had been attended to.
Gov Abiodun informed the committee of efforts being put in place by his administration and its Lagos State counterpart at ensuring that the two roads (Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu and Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta) receive immediate attention.
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