Ogun supports FG’s revocation of agreement with Bi-Courtney on Lagos-Ibadan road

Wale Babalakin, [Photo: punchng.com]

The state government asked the FG to urgently release money to the new contractors.

The Ogun State Government, Thursday, declared its support for the revocation of the concession agreement between the Federal Government and Bi-Courtney over the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

The state government, in a statement signed by the Secretary to the State Government, Taiwo Adeoluwa, noted that the Federal Government’s position was an indication that it agreed that the road deserves better attention than it was getting.

Mr. Adeoluwa further urged the Federal Government to release of funds early to enable the new contractors (Julius Berger and RCC) complete the road early enough in order to reduce incessant road mishap on the ever busy road.

“We however would like to further urge that there is need for prompt release of adequate funds to enable the new contractors complete their work on time so as to minimize the inconveniences that the construction will cause for the numerous users of this very important road”, the state government stated.

The state government also expressed its readiness to partner with the federal government to ensure that the road is completed on schedule.

Ogun State had a running battle with the management of Bi-Courtney over the Lagos-Ibadan road. The company at several times publicly accused the government of frustrating its activities and seizing its equipment with a view to not make it succeed on the road re-construction.

A large part of the 135-kilometre Lagos-Ibadan road is in Ogun State.

Set to renew Abeokuta

In another development, the state government has revealed its plan to embark on community renewal programme within Abeokuta metropolis.

The state’s Commissioner for Physical Planning, Adebayo Fari, made this known at a press conference held in Abeokuta, noting that since the government cannot change the total outlook of the town, there is need to embark on the renewal of the satellite towns.

The state government recently established the Ministry, a move which has been commended considering the need for urban renewal in the state capital.

Mr. Fari informed that his ministry will embark on a monitoring exercise to determine structures that are no more habitable in the state with a view to putting at check, the collapse of buildings in the state.

He also explained that the new ministry will harness all required statutory instruments for its operations and harmonise plans with necessary government agencies to ensure a well coordinated environment.

Mr. Fari said that the establishment of the Ministry will allow the state government to confront the challenges of the dynamic physical developments across the state, which, according to him, was caused majorly by the effect of the state’s closeness to Lagos State.

While highlighting some of the responsibilities of his Ministry, the commissioner hinted that it will embark on developing pragmatic plans and programmes for sustainable environmental development.

The Ministry boss added that the ministry will key into all the existing urban renewal programmes of the present administration towards the transforming urban settlement to wear a new look.

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