Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, yesterday, said the construction of the 14km Ijebu-Ode-Mojoda-Epe road would serve as alternative route to the nation’s busiest highway, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
Abiodun, who noted that the road, when completed, would help relieve the Lagos-Ibadan highway of pressure, restated the commitment of his administration to develop the border areas.
He spoke at a flag off of the construction of the Ogun State segment of Ijebu-Ode-Epe road project to be completed within the next 12 months.
The road was awarded to an indigenous firm, Craneburg Construction Company, under a public-private partnership arrangement and would be tolled after completion.
According to him, the road would bring relief and succour to the people and engender socio-economic development of the state.
The governor said the state would only take full advantage of its proximity to Lagos if good infrastructures were put in place by the government.
He said: “What makes this particular road very important is the fact that we cannot realise the full socio-economic benefits of the road if it is half-way done, particularly, that Lagos State has completed its side of the same road.
“Our people in both states want and deserve good governance. Let me, therefore, use this opportunity to restate our administration’s commitment towards the infrastructural development in all parts of our dear state.
“We can only take full advantage of our proximity to Lagos, the fifth largest economy in Africa, if we provide good infrastructure which will help to put into economic expression, the proximity.”
“It is more cheering and encouraging to note that Lagos State has demonstrated commitment towards partnership for the development of infrastructure in the border areas. This is why our two states are coming up with the Lagos-Ogun Joint Development Commission.”