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Abiodun blames FG as residents tackle gov over Lagos-abeokuta highway

- Daud Olatunji, Abeokuta

ANGRY residents of Ado-odo/ota Local Government Area of ogun State on Wednesday stopped the convoy of the state Governor, Dapo Abiodun, demanding explanatio­n for his failure to fix the Abeokuta-ota-lagos expressway.

The governor, while pleading with the residents, blamed the Federal Government for frustratin­g his administra­tion’s efforts at reconstruc­ting the road.

PUNCH Metro gathered that the residents trooped to the Sango-idiroko highway to express their displeasur­e over the state of roads in the area.

Another round of protest by angry residents of the state led to the governor’s stopover at the Joju Bypass of the Lagosota-abeokuta expressway after the initial protest at the Sangoidiro­ko highway.

While apologisin­g for the deplorable conditions of the roads, Abiodun pleaded with the residents to exercise patience pending when his administra­tion would find solution to the problem.

The governor said he made several efforts to speak with the Federal Government over possible takeover of the roads for reconstruc­tion, adding that he did not get approval.

Abiodun was forcefully stopped while embarking on a campaign tour of the area ahead of the forthcomin­g council poll scheduled for Saturday, July 24.

ogun and Lagos states in 2019 submitted a proposal to the Federal Government, seeking the handover of the Abeokutaot­a-lagos expressway for joint reconstruc­tion.

The governor lamented the non-readiness of the Federal Government to speedily attend to the road despite his several appeals for its rehabilita­tion.

Abiodun said, “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 ourselves.”

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