Roads: Getting it right in Ogun

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Aug 20th, 2014
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SIR: The provision of a good road network, especially in a city like Abeokuta, is certainly in the interest of its residents. Beside its necessity for easy access and communication across the city, it harbours a lot of economic benefits. Contrary to the thinking in some quarters that the road re-construction and expansion in the state is a total failure and wasting of money, I make bold to say that the re-construction and expansion of roads in the state under the administration of Senator Ibikunle Amosun, remains the most successful and uncommon programme ever run by the state government since the creation of the state in 1976.Anybody who says that the funds meant for the road re-construction in the state have not been judiciously applied may have deliberately blindfolded himself such that he cannot see the progress being made by the Senator Ibikunle Amosun-led administration.

Ogun State since its creation has structures and infrastructure that even dates back beyond its creation in 1976 courtesy of the Obafemi Awolowo government in then Western Region. Successive government in their own way had ensured that certain social amenities like road, water, healthcare, education etc are in place in one form or another in most part of the State. So Amosun certainly has structures to re-build in virtually all sectors of the society.

It must be pointed out however that in the provision of new infrastructure and amenities, the people has to be carried along to minimize the negative impact of unintended consequences. One is talking about sensitization and mobilization. A 6-lane road, flyover and foot bridges are certainly novel thing for many motorists and pedestrians alike. Enlightenment is needed for the people to appreciate that these facilities requires new attitudes and modification of behaviour.

Apparently, the people were not prepared for the unintended consequence of the “re-building” agenda of Amosun.  This understandably have fuelled emotional out-burst even from persons who ordinarily should be enlightened enough to appreciate that birth pains are not death throes in this rebuilding strategy.

In all one must accept the need to re-build in Ogun state with all its unintended consequences.  Let the government do more within its resources and forget about opprobrium from some quarters on its priorities.

• Ademola Orunbon,

 Abeokuta, Ogun State.

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