It will be a new lease of life for residents of the Journalists Estate, Arepo, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, if the State Executive Council’s approval for immediate reconstruction of its 2.35km road commences in earnest.
The estate, first of its kind in Nigeria, is located in Arepo, Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the Ogun State.
The estate, which came into being during the administration of former governor Olusegun Osoba, has received the backings of previous administrations in the state except the immediate past.
Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Ade Akinsanya said preliminary works have already commenced and the contractor is expected to mobilise to site this weekend.
Akinsanya who described the project as a high priority added that works at site will start soon.
“The contractor is in the process of establishing an office and construction yard around the area. When works begin on Sunday, I (Akinsanya) will be visiting the project site in company with the contractor-in-charge”.
The commissioner added that the project had a 9- month construction period which is 13-metre wide, 1m by 1m covered reinforced drainage, and stone pavement.
‘’When completed, it will be fully illuminated with streetlight, lay byes, and other exotic road furniture”.
He assured that the state governor Dapo Abiodun prioritized the road because when completed, it would provide relief for road users along the Lagos-Ibadan express axis.
Akinsanya added that the difficulties that motorists and residents usually faced navigating their ways to their homes, particularly during the rainy season, would be reduced.
The estate, which has two phases, started during the administration of the first female chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Lagos, Mrs. Funke Fadugba.
Before the government’s approval, the residents of the community have been levelling themselves, paving the stones of the road on their own.
A resident, Mr. Anthony Aderanijo, while commending the government for the bold initiative, added they residents were not really enthusiastic about the project ‘’until real works start by government’’
‘’We are not really enthusiastic about the road project, until they start work. . The administration of the immediate past governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun, also promised to rehabilitate the road, but for the eight years that he was in office, nothing was done except the sign post of the supposed contractor who never did anything.’’
However, he added: ‘’If it is done now by Governor Abiodun, it will not only be appreciated, but it will be seen as one of the ways to compensate people on the borders, because we generally believed that we have been forgotten by government’’.