Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has assured that the 14.7 kilometre Ijebu-Ode-Epe expressway, when completed will be another industrial corridor and bolster status of the state as the nation’s major industrial hub.The governor, who spoke while inspecting the road project, added that he looked beyond another road when the contract was being awarded.Being a link road between the state and Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital, he said: “This corridor no doubt will be a big economic haven.”Abiodun, who assured the people that his administration would not abandon any of its projects, noted that the express road which was flagged off last February, was expected to be completed early next year. However, he regretted that it might not be visible due to the COVID 19 pandemic, promising that the road would be commissioned in the second half of next year.Abiodun, who said he was not unmindful of the hardships being faced by commuters across the state, called for patience and also assured that some of them will soon be a thing of the past. “Efforts are in top gear to put the pains to an end. We are redesigning and prioritizing roads because there is simply no alternative to good roads if we are to grow the economy”, he said.
The governor also said that the road would serve the purpose of easy access for commuters in and outside the state, notwithstanding the challenges of the raining season. “I have since directed the Ministry of Works to come up with what we can do on this road as palliatives to ensure that our people do not suffer unduely. I want to say that I feel the pain of our people, I share their pain, but they should be rest assured that we are on top of the situation. You will soon begin to see active work on this road and it is not a project we will start and later abandon,” he said.Abiodun also confirmed that active and aggressive works have commenced on most of the roads in the state, with the Akute/Alagbole roads axis in Ifo local government area being on the front burner.“Those road projects will not just be something on photoshop, not something we’re going to start and abandon but rather complete it to ease the hardships being faced by the people”, he assured