22nd June, 2011
Motorists and commuters were full of praises for Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, Tuesday for commencing the rehabilitation of the bad portions of the Abeokuta-Lagos expressway at Joju and Sango.
The failed sections of the expressway had been a nightmare to motorists as well as commuters for more than four years.
The Amosun-led government on Thursday commenced the rehabilitation of the expressway, using stones and granite dust to fill the potholes on the road.
Motorists and commuters who spoke with P.M.NEWS on the development commended the governor for his swift response barely a month after he was sworn in.
â€œYou know those of us with commuter buses were the most affected by the bad state of the road. By commencing the rehabilitation of the road, Governor Amosun has demonstrated very early that he is one of the governors to watch. It shows that he is very responsive and cares about the plight of the people. I commend him for this,â€ Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), Sango chapter, Mr. Alabede Ogunyomi Idowu, told P.M.NEWS when asked to comment on the current rehabilitation of the road.
â€œI am impressed with the governor. He should not stop at this. The road should be tarred,â€ he added.
A commuter who gave his name as Martins Onafowokan also commended the governor and pleaded with him to extend the rehabilitation to the toll gate between Ogun and Lagos states. â€œGovernor Amosun is really trying. It shows he is a listening governor and will do more for the people of Ogun. We should give him the necessary support,â€ he said.
The coordinator of the revenue task force at Araromi, Sango, Mr. O. Malik said the governor by his prompt action on the road, surprised him and others. â€œI am happy with what the governor is doing on the road. This is what we have been saying, that it doesnâ€™t take anything for the government to rehabilitate the expressway,â€ he stated.
A senior revenue officer, Mr. Fatai Orisile explained that by commencing work on the road, Governor Amosun has made the work of his team easy. â€œThe governor has made our job easy. Now that he has commenced the repair of the road, most companies and businesses in the area will be willing to pay their rates,â€ he added.
â€œThe governor is beginning to make impact in the lives of the people by embarking on the rehabilitation of this road and I think he has started well,â€ Mr. Gafar Fagbenro, another Sango worker commented.
Mr. Jolaoso Lateef, an RTEAN member in Sango appealed to the governor not to stop at the palliative measure being taken on the road but ensure that proper drainages were provided to stop the incessant flooding of the area.
â€”Uzebu Christie& Oghenetega Eriomala