courtesy: Nigeria News
A cross section of investors and residents of all-important Atan-Igesa-Agbara road in Ado-odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, have faulted Governor Ibikunle Amosun’s decision not to include, arguably, the most economically-important road corridors in the 40 developmental projects inaugurated to mark the 40 years anniversary of the state.
The displeasure came against the backdrop of the 40 years anniversary celebration which attracted President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osibanjo and other dignitaries with the inauguration of roads, overhead bridges, farm plantations, housing estates, model schools among others, saying “government has neglected the goose that lays the golden eggs”
However, Adejuwon Soyinka, the senior special assistant to the governor on media, said that roads and other infrastructures in the Igesa-Agbara axis would experience upgrade and would soon be fixed, saying that “no place in the state would be left undeveloped by government”.
It will be recalled that Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, during the commissioning of Allied Atlantic Distilleries Limited located along Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone’s road in Igbesa in 2014, made a policy statement that state government would begin in earnest, the re-construction of all-important Atan-Igbesa-Agbara road, but the government failed to fix it.
Some investors noted that despite the huge revenue generated from most industrialized corridor of the state, which is between 50-60 percent of the total annual internally generated revenue accruable to government’s coffers, the economy–based axis of the state is being neglected without a recourse to the investment and residents of the place.
Speaking on the bad state of Atan-Igbesa-Agbara main road, Akeem Idris, a contract truck driver with some multinational industries in the axis, said that the bad state of the road “is causing a huge damage to trailers that haul raw materials and finished goods to and fro of factories, and accounts for more man-hour losses while moving goods.
Idris disclosed that a hundred percent increase has been added to the cost of haulage in the axis for both contract and factories-owned trucks and also added to the cost of production on every product produced in the axis, adding that the bad state of the roads has similarly forced senior workers, especially expatriates, to only work in Ogun State, but live in Lagos State.
He said, “The celebration of 40 years anniversary of Ogun State means little or nothing to us here, in as much as our roads are not fixed. I can tell you that we spend a lot of expenses on our trucks on daily basis. It is unfortunate that despite lots of revenue that government makes here, there is little to show for it here”.
An investor with one of consumer goods firms located in Agbara said that the bad state of the roads has only increased cost of production, but has also succeeded in chasing workers away to Lagos, adding; “Although, OPIC and some investors pooled resources to fix internal roads in Agbara estates, the main roads are since neglected and almost unpassable”.