The Senate President, Godswill Akpabio, has pledged his full support to the Ogun State Government for the reconstruction of the deteriorating federal roads in the state. Akpabio made this commitment during the grand finale of the Yewa Cultural Festival, which had the theme “Celebration of Culture, Tradition, Music, Cuisine, and Dance.”
Specifically, Akpabio expressed his concern for the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road and affirmed the commitment of all stakeholders to ensure its completion. He emphasized the importance of firsthand experience by revealing that he drove to the event, spending over two hours on the road from Lagos to Ilaro.
Akpabio assured that the Senate would ensure the road’s construction is entrusted to a capable contractor and that they would collaborate with Governor Dapo Abiodun’s administration to guarantee its successful completion.
He stated, “The 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria will address the issues you’ve raised here. I personally witnessed the condition of the road, with two trucks having accidents on it. I experienced the same road conditions as you do every day. I prophesy that your roads will be improved.”
Akpabio recognized the significant industrial presence in Yewaland and promised to engage top-quality contractors for road projects due to the wear and tear. He pledged support for Governor Dapo Abiodun, stating that the lives of the people in Yewaland would see positive changes.
Senator Akpabio also took the opportunity to advise the youth in Yewaland and the state to refrain from drugs and fraudulent activities, assuring them that a better life awaited those who lived clean.
In his remarks, Governor Abiodun appealed to the Senate to urge the Federal Government to transfer the responsibility of reconstructing the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road to the state, emphasizing its importance for the state’s socio-economic development. He shared that his own journey from Abeokuta to Ilaro took three hours due to the road’s poor condition, and previous efforts to transfer the road to the state had not succeeded.
Governor Abiodun mentioned that discussions were underway for the reconstruction of the Abeokuta-Olorunda-Imeko and the Abeokuta-Iborro-Ilaro roads, adding that these projects would complement the Imasayi-Iborro-Ayetoro road.
The governor informed that construction had commenced on the Sagamu-Obele road through the Dangote Cement Company tax credit scheme.
He also reassured that his administration was committed to supporting various cultural initiatives to preserve the identity of the state’s people.
In his remarks, the Olu of Ilaro and paramount ruler of Yewaland, Oba Kehinde Olugbenle, commended the Senate President and the governor for their participation in the festival, which was planned to be held every two years. The event’s highlight included presenting an award of excellence to Governor Dapo Abiodun and installing the Senate President as the Are Fiwagboye of Yewaland.
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