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Gov. Dapo Abiodun’s Silent Revolution In Road Construction

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Waheed Adesina

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“I have a dream to make this world a better place to live for our unborn generations and that dream will come true through silent revolution-the revolution of positive actions and positive deliberations. Be a part of that revolution.” Amit Ray

This quote by Amit Ray, an Indian author and spiritual master, succinctly captures the mindset and best describes the style of the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, who, since taking over the mantle of leadership has been working relentlessly, but in a silent and systematic manner to turn around the fortune of the Gateway State in all facets with the “Ise ya” mantra under his administration’s “building our future together” roadmap.

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Unlike his peers in some other States who usually shout to the roof top over every accomplishment, even if minute, and end up breaking the vault in the course of doing this, Abiodun appears to be a strong believer of the “Let my work speak for me” school of thought as he goes about calmly and quietly delivering the goods. This is regardless of the dwindling resources available to the government, partly occasioned by the debilitating effects of COVID 19, a pandemic ravaging the entire globe.

At a point, this attendant silence about his giant strides across the State was almost misconstrued, such that some residents began to show anxiety of what government has in the kitty.

But like a golden fish that has no hiding place, the works of Governor Abiodun in all facets across the State are becoming apparent! More and more people are now beginning to acknowledge his silent but aggressive efforts in virtually all facets of social well being, all in the bid to make living more abundant for residents of the State. However, this write-up will focus only on road infrastructure.

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As at the last count, the administration has constructed, maintained, and rehabilitated about one hundred roads spread across the length and breadth of the State. Just a few of such roads would be highlighted here.

These include the 14 km Ijebu-Ode-Epe road which had been in deplorable state for over two decades, now being reconstructed into six lanes with lay bys, thus creating the potential for strengthening economic synergy with Lagos, the country’s nerve centre. The 42 km Abeokuta-Sagamu dual carriage road which links the State capital to Lagos and the Eastern part of the country is also being given fresh breath with ashphalt and standard road median. Additionally, the 4km Osi-Ota-Ikola-Navy- Raypower road has been dualised also to link up with the part which the Lagos State government had earlier completed.

Those in this category include Owode-Ilaro road, Panseke-Adigbe road, Kuto flyover and adjoining roads, Lafenwa-Rounder road, Mokola flyover and adjoining roads, Awa-Ilaporu road and roads connecting Afa bridge on Idiroko-Ipokia road.

What’s more? The all-important 32 km long Sango-Ojodu-Abiodun road linking Alagbole and other communities which cuts across Ado Odo/Ota and Ifo Local Government Areas was not left out. The importance of this road is underscored by the fact that residents of the area, most of whom work in neighbouring Lagos State because of its proximity, are expected to pay their taxes into the coffers of Ogun State in compliance with the residency rule.

Initially, some palliative works were carried out on the road which was gradually becoming impassable. With this, commuters in these border communities are now heaving a sigh of relief, as the road which was basically impassable once again becomes relatively motorable. And to make its completion easier in the shortest possible time, the Prince Dapo Abiodun led- administration had gone a step ahead to redesign it.

The socio-economic benefits of this statewide intervention on roads are not far- fetched, as some of them already completed are now serving as bypass. This has resulted in the reduction of man-hour loss hitherto caused by traffic hold up. Transportation of goods particularly, farm produce from the hinterland to the urban centres as well as that of finished products from one point to another across and even beyond the State is now becoming a lot easier.

Apart from these direct benefits, the construction of the roads, most of which are being done through direct labour, also created employment opportunities for local artisans such as bricklayers, carpenters and iron benders engaged who hitherto were jobless or underemployed. This has led to the enhancement of their economic abilities. The roads would also be an attraction for more industrialists to troop in en masse into the State for more business activities.

At the end of the day, such industrialists would pay taxes into the coffers of the State government, thereby increasing its internally generated revenue and enhancing the ability to construct more roads and continue other people-friendly interventions like affordable housing schemes, qualitative education programmes among others that are also already receiving government attention. No doubt, this is a win-win situation for the government and residents of the State alike.

With sixty two of these roads already completed and thirty two others at different stages of completion, what is required of residents is to do their bit by continually paying their taxes and ensuring that the roads are not vandalized under whatever guise, but properly maintained to make way for longevity.

It is only when this is done that the citizens of the State would have joined hands with Governor Abiodun to be part of a silent revolution, the revolution of positive actions and positive deliberations to create a better place to live for our unborn generations as espoused by Amit Ray.

Adesina is a Director in the Ogun State Ministry of Information & Strategy.

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Mende Estate: Lagos homeowners decry demolition, seek compensation

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Sadly, the residents of Mende Estate Villa in the Maryland area of Lagos State have decried the recent demolition of their multimillion naira houses in the area by the Lagos State Government while seeking compensation for a new shelter.

 

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Our correspondent, who visited the area on Sunday, observed how the estate’s homes were destroyed and how the occupants hastily packed their possessions to leave.

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Speaking with PUNCH Metro, some residents bemoaned how terrible it was to exit their houses without having a backup plan and a comfortable place to sleep.

 

 

 

 

PUNCH Metro had reported that the state Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources, Tokunbo Wahab, had said the demolition was needed to reclaim the Odo Iya Laro drainage channel.

 

Also, a popular Nigerian singer, Yemi Alade, had decried the demolition carried out at the estate while stating that such action would discourage those interested in investing in real estate in the state.

A member of the resident association who pleaded anonymity claimed that the residents tried to negotiate with the Lagos State Government but were ignored and that they were not given any prior notice before the demolition began on Saturday.

“The Lagos State Government came and said they wanted to demolish the place. They did not serve us any letter of demolition. We were negotiating with the government yesterday (on Saturday), and before we knew it, they just moved in with their bulldozer.”

 

He added that although there were miscreants in the estate, the security guards were making every effort to stop them from stealing their possessions.

“They have not told us what they want the estate for. All they said was that we were too close to the canal. Miscreants are everywhere, and the security officers are trying to prevent them from stealing anything because residents’ properties are scattered everywhere,” he lamented.

Another resident in the area, simply identified as Kayode, said the government asserted that the houses were too close to the canal and that they had yet to discuss with the residents.

Kayode added, “Nothing has been said so far. We are hoping that they will come and have a discussion with us. For now, all we know is that we have to move out. They do not care where we will move. They have started demolishing areas around a bridge in the area, and we never thought it would get to our area.”

 

He stated that the issue might potentially end in court, and he was hoping that the appropriate party would win.

“They said the houses are too close to the canal, but they should have known before now because before we all built all the houses, we got approval from the government. I am sure the issue will end up in court, and the court can decide who they think is right,“ he said.

Another resident, simply identified as Tega, claimed that the residents’ biggest nightmare came true when the government gave them two hours to leave their houses.

 

 

 

She said, “We did not get any prior notification. They gave us two hours to exit the estate. They told us yesterday (on Saturday). Most people have moved out since then, and we are just trying to get the pieces today. It is the worst nightmare for some of the families here.”

When contacted, the Commissioner for Information, Gbenga Omotoso, stated that before the demolition, several meetings were held with the residents.

Omotoso said, “The government cannot be so heartless as to tell people to leave their homes in two hours. The Commissioner for Environment was on Arise News Television this morning (Sunday), and he explained everything.

“He explained how many years they had been at it, even before he came to office. On his social media page, he released a series of videos of meetings he had with them.

He added that the state Commissioner of Environment and Water Resources paid a visit to the estate two weeks ago and engaged in negotiations with the residents, adding that the community at large needed to be prevented from flooding.

“He was there last week and two weeks ago. It is not true that they were given two hours. They have been negotiating with them, but the thing is, we do not look at the larger picture.

“If we say one house must stay and the whole community will have to suffer when there is flooding, then that is not right. No one can exit them without prior notice in a country that is governed by law. Should they be compensated for building on drainage channels? I have never heard of that, and the law does not say so.”

 

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Unknown Gunmen kill local vigilante

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Unknown Gunmen have reportedly killed a member of a local vigilante and injured three others in Bakutumbe village, Ningi Local Government Area of Bauchi State.

 

Unknown Gunmen kill local vigilante

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The incident was said to have occurred at the weekend.

 

 

 

It was reported that the assailants, who also abducted four villagers, unleashed terror by shooting sporadically upon their arrival in the community.

A village source told DAILY POST that the gunmen headed towards Lukutu Forest after leaving the village.

He said one of the victims shot, Malam Dan Ladiyo, lost his life, while the wounded, namely Habila Garba, Nura Yakubu, and Sam’ana, are currently undergoing treatment at a medical facility.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bauchi State Police Command is yet to confirm the incident.

When contacted, the spokesman of the Command, Ahmed Wakil, did not respond to calls and messages.

 

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Kemta-Ilugun-Obantoko road re-construction nearing completion as residents laud Abiodun

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The re-construction of Kemta-Ilugun-Somorin-Obantoko road in Abeokuta by the administration of Governor Dapo Abiodun has reached 80 percent completion stage.

The 6.9km road serves as a major bypass linking Obantoko with Kemta-Idiaba.

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Repair work on the road has already increased economic and social activities of the adjoining communities.

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Sequel to the construction of the road, hotels, shopping complexes, private schools and modern buildings have been springing up in the area.

 

 

 

Residents of the area have been upbeat and happy that the construction of the road has become a reality after waiting endlessly for succour which did not come until Governor Abiodun came to their rescue.

Some residents said they had hoped that the location of the residence of Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka in the area would spur the state government to do the road.

 

 

 

 

 

The residents also expressed surprise that the road construction is being done without their houses being demolished because, the immediate past government of governor Ibikunle Amosun had earmarked some houses for demolition to pave the way for the road project.

An excited resident, Mr Abimbola Ogunmuyiwa, said the new road had brought development to the area in different dimensions.

 

 

 

 

 

Ogunmuyiwa said: “We are very grateful to the administration of Governor Abiodun for this particular road construction which has improved life in communities in this area in no small measure.

“Before this road was constructed, getting home after the day’s work was very difficult but now you are at the Federal Medical Centre within 10 to 15 minutes, unlike before when you spent hours.”

 

 

 

 

 

A journalist, Ernest Nwokolo, who lives at Ilugun, said the construction of the road was a big relief to residents of his area.

Nwokolo said: “Though the road is not yet 100 per cent completed, it has been of tremendous help to the people and it has increased the value of properties in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

“With the construction of the road, one can now keep appointments because one does not need to wait for a very long time before getting vehicles to Idiaba and from there to other parts of Abeokuta metropolis.

“For those who drive their own vehicles, relief has come for them because it will now save them the money being spent on spare parts to repair their vehicles.

 

 

 

 

“Apart from saving the man-hours being spent before bursting out at Kemta Junction, the road has made the value of properties to appreciate. A plot of land that was being sold for N500,000 in 2018 is now being sold for N3million and above depending on how close it is to the main road. Some are sold for as much as N5million.”

The impact of the road is not only being felt by residents of the communities as people who commute daily from Osiele, Camp and Obantoko are now enjoying these dividends of democracy as the long man-hours being wasted in traffic on Obantoko-Asero-Adatan Road, is now over.

 

 

 

 

Dr Adewunmi Ayodele, a lecturer at the Federal College of Education, Osiele and whose house is at Laderin, said the road was a major relief for him and others that are living in the metropolis but working at either FCE or Federal University of Agriculture.

He said: “Before this road was constructed, I used to leave my house at Laderin by 6:15am and I won’t get to the office earlier than 8:30am due to the long hours spent on the deplorable Asero/Obantoko Road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“But now, I can leave my house at past seven and get to my office earlier than before because with this road, I just burst out at Somorin and off I go to Camp. It is a great relief for me and others working at Osiele and Camp axis.”

Also speaking on the impact of the road, a taxi driver, Mr Mudashiru Alao, commended Governor Abiodun for a job well done.

 

 

 

 

 

According to Alao, he can now carry passengers directly from Lafenwa to Osiele in a shorter time, unlike before when he spent hours in traffic.

Alao, who said the road is now an outer ring road to Abeokuta from Idiaba to Somorin Obantoko, expressed delight that his income had increased because he now prefers to ply Lafenwa/Obantoko/Osiele directly without wasting too much time in traffic, stating that people should reward the good work by supporting Abiodun’s second term election bid.

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