“The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Olamilekan Adegbite, has disclosed that since the inception of the Governor Ibikunle Amosun-led administration in 2011, the state has paid over N4 billion as compensation to property owners that gave the right of way for road construction across the state.”- The Nation
He also said the state government has decided to fix in batches the failed-portions of the Lagos-Sango-Ota-Abeokuta Road awarded by the Federal Government to Julius Berger.
In a statement issued by the Head of Media in the ministry, Mr. Ayokunle Ewuoso, the commissioner was quoted to have said the decision of the state government to fix the road was borne out of the fact that the suffering being experienced on the road by motorists and other road users has become embarrassing to the Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.
Adegbite said his ministry had been mandated to fix permanently, the problem at the Toll-Gate axis of the road at Sango-Ota in the Ado-Odo Local Government Area of the state, adding that the road would be designed to accommodate drainages such that it would not be problematic anymore.
He said: “The state government had overtime, continued to carry out palliative measures on that road and it has cost us so much money. So, His Excellency the governor has directed that we should evolve permanent solution that we can afford. Right now, we have got a mandate to fix the Toll-Gate permanently. That is the only area we can attack for now because it is really embarrassing as we transit from Lagos to Ogun State.”
Adegbite further stated that government had disbursed N500 million this year of the N800 million allocated in the 2017 budget, adding that the government would need an additional sum of about N3 billion to N4 billion to complete the payment.
Emphasising that the state government was committed towards ensuring that all affected property owners were paid, Adegbite said that of N8 billon needed for compensation, property owners in the Sango-Ojodu area of the state would get the largest chunk of between N4 billion to N5 billion because modern buildings were demolished in the area to allow for right-of-way.
The Chairman, Ogun State House of Assembly House Committee on Works and Infrastructure, Olayiwola Ojodu, praised the commissioner and the ministry’s management team for a job well done. He noted that the ministry has justified the use of the money so far released to it in the year 2017 budget.
Source: The Nation