Current revelations by Governor Dapo Abiodun concerning the worrisome state of roads in Ogun State appears to be a affirmation that his administration might not be properly in contact with the individuals of the Gateway State, DAILY POST stories.
Abiodun, previously few days, have been making feedback that present he was not conscious that almost all of the roads linking numerous communities in Ogun State have completely collapsed.
This, it was noticed, got here as a shock to many residents of the State who’ve by no means saved quiet over the poor situation of roads of their localities.
“Does this imply the governor doesn’t learn feedback on his social media handles? Does it imply he doesn’t watch tv, learn newspapers or take heed to radio in order to know the situation of the roads in Ogun State?” a resident of Abeokuta, Biodun Adeniran queried.
Just lately, Gov Abiodun has been traversing the size and breadth of Ogun State to hunt the assist of residents for the forthcoming native authorities elections.
Abiodun confirmed that he had not visited most of the native governments since two years in the past when he assumed workplace.
This, it was noticed, didn’t avail him the chance to know what Ogun indigenes encounter each day whereas plying the roads.
However because the governor goes out to marketing campaign for candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), he, with out being advised, sees the struggling of the individuals as he lamented that he pitied them.
Earlier than he began the native authorities election marketing campaign, Abiodun had visited Iberekodo space of Abeokuta North to examine the Arakanga Water works.
Seeing the pitiable situation of the street, the Governor mentioned he felt like his authorities has not executed something on roads.
“On my manner coming right here, I noticed this street and I felt unhappy as a result of the street is just too dangerous. And we’ve got been embarking on development of roads throughout the state, however this street now makes it appear to be we’ve got not executed something. All these roads can’t be accomplished even when somebody is governor for 20 years,” he confessed.
The story was the identical when Abiodun went to Imeko/Afon Native Authorities to flag off the APC marketing campaign on Monday.
Addressing the individuals of Imeko/Afon, Abiodun mentioned he was shocked with the situation of the roads from Lafenwa to Olorunda.
“Once I was coming from Abeokuta and I rode on that street from Lafenwa to Rounder, all the way down to Olorunda, until I obtained right here, I used to be simply shaking my head. I pity myself and I pity you too. It was simply too painful. I used to be simply calling the Commissioner for Works like 10 instances that this street is so dangerous. That is simply too insufferable,” he lamented.
On his go to to Ado-Odo/Ota Native Authorities, Abiodun’s convoy was flagged by residents who got here out of their numbers to protest the poor situation of the roads within the industrial hub.
Seeing the scenario of issues, Abiodun couldn’t assist saying he virtually shed tears when he noticed what the individuals undergo each day on the roads in Ota axis.
“Once I was coming right here right this moment, I virtually shed tears. It is vitally painful to me. Why is the struggling (on this street) this a lot,” the Governor cried out.
In his phrases, the Governor blamed the Federal Authorities for failing to handover the street to him for rehabilitation.
He, nonetheless, disclosed that he had directed the Commissioner for Works to discover a technique of ameliorating the struggling on the street to Joju junction.
In Ifo, the individuals groaned over the state of Ojodu, Akute axis roads, because the Governor promised to borrow cash to repair similar, saying, nonetheless, that “I can not do all the pieces.”
DAILY POST stories that the scenario is identical within the native governments visited by Abiodun to date, particularly these in Ogun West.
Addressing the individuals of Yewa South on Friday, the state helmsman expressed shock that the Owode-Ilaro street graduated from being dangerous to worse after it rained.
Abiodun mentioned: “I left Abeokuta right this moment (Friday), I handed via Owode-Ilaro street to Ipokia, when the rain had not fallen, and I mentioned ‘this street is dangerous’. However after I was coming again, it had rained, then I noticed that the street is worse. However I introduced the Commissioners of Work and Finance with me. I advised them, ‘are you able to see your life?’ I’ve advised them that the street have to be accomplished earlier than the tip of this yr.”
In the meantime, Gov Abiodun has promised to handle the issues individuals face on the roads.
He mentioned his administration had accomplished about 270 kilometres of street within the final two years, stressing that constructions are entering into 18 out of the 20 native governments within the State.
Nonetheless, Ogun individuals maintained that the situation of roads within the State are nonetheless very poor, particularly those belonging to the Federal Authorities.
“It’s solely 15% roads in Ogun State which are street worthy, 85% of the street is in a horrible state,” one Olutosin David mentioned.
Adewale Adesoye posited, “Folks at Agbado-Ijoko street are nothing to you, properly it will likely be a disgrace to your occasion if that street isn’t accomplished.”
Muheeb Olatunde, an indigene of Ogun Waterside mentioned, “You didn’t award any street for development in Ogun Waterside. So, there was none so that you can examine or fee throughout your tour of the LG. Unfold the dividend to us and don’t make us remorse following you.”
Talking on Ota-Abeokuta street, a resident, Fatai Yusuf acknowledged, “I can’t rely the variety of lives these deplorable roads have taken to early grave; containers falling on high of individuals like it’s falling on chickens.
“God will decide you when you can not defend my vote for you. I do know the pains I handed via ensuring APC stays the occasion in Ogun State. However you by no means promised us this.”
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