The Governor of Ogun State, Dapo Abiodun, has said that the eight-kilometre Mowe-Ofada Road in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of the state will be completed by the end of October.
According to a release by the governor’s Chief Press Secretary, Lekan Adeniran, Abiodun gave this assurance on Monday while inspecting the work done so far on the road.
While noting that his administration since it came on board in 2019 has ensured equitable distribution of infrastructure across the 20 local governments in the state, the governor noted that the Mowe-Ofada Road falls in the category of abandoned roads his administration inherited from the immediate past administration in the state.
“I have come here today for an inspection and assessment of what the contractor is doing. I want to remind you about the state of this road when we assumed office in 2019.
“The previous government did a binder course on some parts of the road; there are some parts that they did not do a binder course, they did the drainages and left it like that.
“By the time we came on board, the binder course had been destroyed because once you do a binder course, you must do what we call the wearing course, which will ensure the longevity of the road.
“We had to renegotiate the contract with the contractor. We gave him more money because I have always believed that governance is a continuum. If it was another person, he would have cancelled the contract because it wasn’t awarded by them.
“But, one government comes, another one goes. It is you, our people who pay taxes for us to use to construct these projects. The money belongs to you and not any man. We, therefore, decided that the road must be finished.
“We mobilised the contractor, the entire length is about eight kilometres and we told him that all the places that were done and are no longer good should be done first. So, those places where the binder course is still good, they have started to lay asphalt and wearing course on it,” he said.
The governor disclosed the project had been redesigned to accommodate an outfall to ensure a smooth flow of water in the drainage.
Reiterating the importance of the road, Abiodun said, “This Mowe-Ofada road represents an alternative road to the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway. This community is our border community with Lagos State, a lot of people live and work here, and others live here and work in Lagos State. They are constantly commuting between Lagos and Ogun states.”