FG, Ogun Commence Palliative Works On Sango-Ota-Idiroko, Lagos-Abeokuta Roads - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Wednesday, September 15, 2021

FG, Ogun Commence Palliative Works On Sango-Ota-Idiroko, Lagos-Abeokuta Roads




The Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure have finalised plans to commence palliative work on critical sections on Sango-Ota-Idiroko Road, starting  from Sango Under bridge to Ojuore.

The Federal Controler of Works, Ogun State, Engr. Umar Bakare made this known while addressing newsmen shortly after inspection of critical sections on Sango-Ota-Idiroko Road and Lagos-Abeokuta  road, on Monday.

Bakare told newsmen that the 64km Sango-Ota-Idiroko has been put under consideration for reconstruction by the Federal Government under the FG's Credit Scheme similar to the just awarded Sagamu-Papalanto-Obele road.

He said that there is a synergy between the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing and the Ogun State Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to carry out the palliative work on the identified bad portions of the two important roads.

According to him, as soon as work commences the failed portion between Sango and Iyana Ota, amounting to 1.2km will be prioritised, while the second phase will be the expanse of 4.7km between Iyana Ota and Iganmode Grammar School.

This would be going on simultaneously with the efforts of Federal Road Maintenance Agency, FERMA, as the agency has also been mobilised to work on other parts of the long stretch. 

Also, the engineers assured that drainages would form an integral part of the reconstruction work to ensure that flood water does not destroy the road again.

While acknowledging the plight of commuters on the roads, the Federal Controler of Works noted that the Federal Government was aware of the unpalatable situation and the government is working assiduously to ensure that the roads are fixed.

While also pleading for the understanding of residents of Sango-Ota and its environs, he disclosed that Julius Berger, the contractor handling Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway is 
currently working on the Toll Gate Sango Bridge axis and the Tipper Garage section, adding the contractor will soon move to Itori/Lafarge/Papalanto section of the 
Lagos-Abeokuta Road.

Bakare further disclosed that the pavements of the critical sections under Sango Flyover 
bridge and Itori/Lafarge/Papalanto will be reconstructed as Rigid Pavement is to be put in place due to the peculiarity of the two sections of the road.

He, however, appealed to the Ogun State Government to regulate the activities of traders along the 
road as they contribute to the traffic situation of the area. 

The Federal Controler of Works also requested that articulated vehicles be allowed to go on the Sango Flyover bridge to further decongest the road, declaring the flyover has the ability to withstand the weight 
of large trucks and trailers.

Also speaking, the Ogun State Commissioner for  Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya assured that palliative works will commence soonest along Sango-Idiroko Road, particularly from 
Sango Under bridge to Iyana Ota and Ojuore.

Represented by the  Permanent Secretary of the ministry, Engr. Lateef Yussuf, Akinsanya said that the state government has not folded its arms on the matter, adding efforts have been on to collaborate with the federal government with the view of finding lasting solution to the roads.

While reiterating the Governor Abiodun-led administration's commitment to make life more comfortable for the people and residents in the state, he assured that ministries and agencies responsible for traffic control and control of traders selling along the Lagos-Abeokuta road will be informed to do the needful.

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