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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Senate Asks FERMA, Other To Give Account Of Repair Work on Lagos - Abeokuta Road


               


Jane Okafor, Abuja

The Senate has mandated its Committees on Works and FERMA to request for the status report of FERMA and the Federal Ministry of Works on the various budgetary allocations for repairs, maintenance as well as work done on the reconstruction of Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Express Road which has fallen into a state of disrepair and collapse. 

The request followed a motion by Senator Solomon Adeola (APC, Lagos West) on the “ Urgent Need for Palliative Repairs and Total Reconstruction of Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta” which was co-sponsored by 9 other senators. 

The senate resolution also urged the Federal Ministry of Work and FERMA to put in motion machinery to temporarily rehabilitate the express road pending its total reconstruction to reduce the hardship and suffering of the people as well as to include further funding for the reconstruction of the road in the 2022 Appropriation of Act.  

Senator Adeola informed the Senate that vast stretches of the road from Surulere through Mushin, Oshodi, Agege Motor Road, Alagbado onward in Lagos State to Ota, Ifo, Papalanto, Ewekoro, Itori, Wasimi, Obada-Oko and Abeokuta has totally collapsed without any sign or signal for palliatives repairs, rehabilitation or reconstruction from agencies charged with road maintenance, repairs and reconstruction. 

The chairman of the Senate Committee on Finance furthered argued that the road is of vital importance not only to Lagos and Ogun States but Nigeria as it leads to the foremost Nigeria industrial and manufacturing hub with such industries like Dangote Cement Industry, Ibeshe, Lafarge Cement Industry, Ewekoro, Dufil Foods, makers of Indomie Noodles, Nestle, and Honda as well as such educational institutions as the Covenant University, Bell University and Winners’s Chapel Church, all in Ota.  

Chief Kayode Odunaro, media adviser to Adeola in a release, listed SenatorTolu Odebiyi(APC, Ogun West), Senator Tokunbo Abiru (APC, Lagos East), Senator Kabiru Gaya(APC, Kano) among others, as senators that supported the motion. 

According to Odunaro, the motion was co-sponsored by Senator Remi Tinubu (APC,Lagos Central), Senator Adamu Aliero ( (APC,Kebbi South) Senator Amosun, Ibikunle Oyelaja (Ogun Central), Senator Odebiyi, Akinremi Tolulope(Ogun West), Senator Abiru, Tokunbo (Lagos East), Senator Bassey, Gershom Henry, Senator Bamidele, Micheal Opeyemi 



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