I did not abandon Ago Iwoye Road – Daniel

For the Records, Ago Iwoye road was never abandoned during Otunba Gbenga Daniel administration.

It was an ongoing concern which started from Ilishan and inward bound to Ago Iwoye before the end of tenure.

In line with the policy of the OGD administration, all roads contract were done by Direct Labour through the Ogun State Road Management Agency (OGROMA) to save cost and build capacities and local competencies.

OGROMA’s estimate (usually a fraction of Quotes from contractors) for the completion of that road was about N300 million at that time which unfortunately the state could not afford as a lump sum, so it was being done in phases with gradual monthly release of funds.

The OGD administration did so much during its second term and commissioned projects up till the last day of the administration, but no thanks to opposition press that was deployed.

Bridges linking Ilishan inward to Ago Iwoye were already constructed while earth works were almost completed; Ogun State Electrification Project (OGSEP), (another cost saving local capacity building initiative) had moved to site installing poles and street lights. The project had reached the stage for OGROMA to start laying the asphalt but for lack of funds.

If there is anything that contributed to the dilapidation of the road at the moment, blame it on the succeeding regime which in a blanket fit of vendetta abandoned all projects by the OGD administration.

Not only that, the bridge was demolished by the succeeding administration for no just cause. When ongoing construction projects were not attended to they often come out worse than what was there before.

Otunba Daniel has more than a familial relationship with Ago Iwoye than to have abandoned the town which meant so much to him. Aremo (Rt. Hon.) Adesegun Adekoya Abdel-Majid (the current Deputy Minority Whip in the House of Reps in Abuja), a prominent son and Prince of Ago Iwoye was then Commissioner for Works under the OGD administration during which no fewer than thirteen (13) roads were constructed in Ago Iwoye town alone.

Kabiyesi, the Ebumawe of Ago Iwoye, late Senator Jubril Martins-Kuye, Otunba Alex Onabanjo, Olori Omoba Sayo Soyewo and several other prominent sons and daughters of Ago Iwoye were and still remain Otunba Gbenga Daniel’s alter ego in that great town.

*Steve Oliyide, Media Aide to former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel

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