Ogun State Governor, Governor Dapo Abiodun has ordered the immediate closure of the popular Adigbe-Opako road due to the damage caused by flood.
The Governor who gave this directives while inspecting the bridge along the Adigbe-Opako road located In the Obafemi Local Government area of the state, said the move was for the safety and health of the people which is paramount to his administration.
“In order to avoid accident or loss of lives, I have therefore ordered to closure of the road.
This would hasten the total reconstruction of the collapsed Adigbe-Opako bridge and restore smooth driving to the road” he said.
Governor Dapo Abiodun also called for understanding with the people, as his administration from the day of swearing in has hit the group running. He said:
“I have also appealed to the residents of the area to exercise patience as we deploy a more aggressive solution to ensure we permanently address flooding in the area.
I disclosed further that the team of engineers and permanent secretary, Ministry of Works had availed me with first hand information about the need to change the ring culvert carrying water, because the culvert was too small and had made it so easy for water to leave its banks, thus affecting residents of the area”.
In a similar vein, the Governor also directed the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, Engr. Kayode Ademolake to engage the Federal Controller, Federal Ministry of Works, in charge of Ogun State and Julius Berger, the contractor in charge of the Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway to do some remedial work on the road to give the people relief.
The Governor made the call at Itori while on an inspection tour to the Yewa axis of the state for on the spot assessment of the infrastructural decay ravaging the area.
He reaffirmed his administration’s resolve to ensure that the road was made more motorable for the people, adding that the road which was a federal road would be looked into in conjunction with relevant stakeholders in the corridor.
“I am going to ensure that they some remedial work is carried out on that road and make that road more motorable
In terms of Public-Private Partnership, I will take that up with relevant stakeholders in that corridor, so that we can make sure we get a more responsible level of cooperation from them. It is improper to be a stakeholder, enjoy all the benefits of what we have in terms of mineral resources and then your trucks are responsible for damaging our roads. It expected that Stakeholders are more responsible” he said