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Tension enveloped some government officials and supporters on Wednesday in Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government area of Ogun state when some angry residents stopped the convoy of the state governor ,Dapo Abiodun and queried him over the deplorable condition of the Abeokuta-Ota-Lqgos Expressway .
PLATFORM TIMES gathered that the governor who was on a political tour of the Ado-Odo/Ota local governmen ahead of the July 24 councils polls when he was stopped twice by different protesters. .
It was gathered that the governor was stopped at Sango – Idiroko highway and at the Joju bypass of the Lagos – Ota – Abeokuta Expressway by the angry protesters who trooped out to protest their displeasure over the state of roads in the area .
PLATFORM.TIMES further gathered that the large number of the protesters overwhelmed the security operatives attached to the governor’s convoy .
The Governor had to plead with the angry residents while he blamed the Federal Government for his failure to fix the Expressway.
While apologising for the deplorable states of the roads ,Abiodun pleaded with the residents to exercise more patience pending when his administration finds permanent solution to their suffering.
The governor said he has made several efforts at speaking with the Federal Government over possible taking over of the roads for reconstruction on which he said the federal government has not given the go ahead.
Ogun and Lagos State governments had in 2019 submitted a proposal to the Federal government, seeking the handing over the road for joint for reconstruction.
Residents of the area have had different times protested the deplorable condition of the road which had become a death trap for motorists.
The governor disclosed that he and his counterpart in Lagos State counterpart, Babajide Sanwoolu had at different times, engaged the Federal Government on the need to transfer the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Abeokuta expressway to them as part of the move to ensure that people do not suffer on the roads.
He lamented the non-readiness of the Federal Government to speedily attend to the poor condition of the road despite his several appeals for its rehabilitation.
Abiodun declared that failure on the part of the Federal Government at giving his request on the expressway the attention it deserved was responsible for the delay at reconstructing the expressway.
Abiodun “I pleaded with them to handover the road to us for rehabilitation, but they refused and insisted that they would do it.
” You can also see the presence of Julius Berger Construction Company at the old Toll Gate axis of this expressway. But we told them to come and fix these failed portions in order to reduce these sufferings, but they wouldn’t listen”.
“I will bring the Honourable Minister of Works and Infrastructure down here so that he can physically see things for himself. If however, they still refused to do it, then, we will do it by ourselves.
” You can see that we are already reconstructing the Agbara – Igbesa Industrial highway, which is also a federal road. That one was even worse than thus Abeokuta – Ota – Lagos expressway.
“There are several other roads within the Sango and Ota township that we intend to rehabilitate for the benefit of all of us and we will not renege”.
“Assuming the last administration had fixed all these roads prior till now, things wouldn’t have being like these. Just bear with us”.