GLOBACOM May Reconstruct Ota - Idi-Iroko Road In Lieu Of Tax Payment - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE



Thursday, September 16, 2021

GLOBACOM May Reconstruct Ota - Idi-Iroko Road In Lieu Of Tax Payment

By Adekunle Mariam, Abeokuta

Globacom Limited, commonly known as glo, a Nigerian multinational telecommunications company founded in August 2003 by Mike Adenuga, may take up the responsibility of  reconstructinf and rehabilitating the deplorable Ota  - Idiroko  road in Ogun State subject to approval by the Federal Executive Council(FEC).

Ota  - Idiroko  road, an international route,  is a federal government road. 

If the FEC approves such arrangement like it did for Dangote company which handled the Ilaro-Papalanto road, also in Ogun State, then Otunba Mike Adenuga's Globacom will fix this strategic Ota  - Idiroko road that connects Nigeria to her neighbouring country of Republic of Benin using its tax credit. 

The State governor, Prince  Dapo Abiodun, who disclosed this, said that discussions have been ongoing to get Mike Adenuga buy into the proposal.

 Abiodun who described Ota as the industrial hub of the State, noted that there were lot of emotion concerning the deplorable condition of roads in the town, assuring that "with work about to commence on the roads, succour would soon come to the people before the end of the year.

The governor stated this on Wednesday when he led the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on an inspection of the ongoing construction of Toll Plaza at Lotto, along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

He said palliative would be carried on Sango Ota - Abeokuta road by December, is  to reduce the hardship being experienced by commuters along the roads.

"On the Ota-Idiroko road like the minister has shared with us, that road is not under contract, but graciously, we spoke to Otunba Mike Adenuga, in the partnership that this state has built with the likes of Dangote who also is using his tax credit to build the Interchange to Papalanto Road, this has never happened before this Government came on board.  

"These people have been in Nigeria and they've not partnered with the state or federal government before. We must be doing something right to make Dangote to decide to use his tax credit to construct two major roads. Papalanto is almost N70 billion and also the Epe-Ijebu-Ode road going through Odogbolu road, it is another road he has accepted to do.

"There are other issues that have been in the social media and in the news in the last few weeks, particularly issues that deal with the state of Ota roads and the reason for that is very simple, Ota is the industrial hub of this country and enjoys a lot of overflow of traffic from Lagos. So, of course, there is a lot of emotions about the state of roads in Ota and like the Minister and I discussed, Ogun State has probably the largest federal roads in this state.

"Now, we spoke to Otunba Mike Adenuga and he graciously accepted that he was going to use his tax credit to fund the construction of the Ota-Idiroko road, but that has to go through a process, for him to fund the road. 

"Federal government must accept his design, valuation and a lot of things have to go to the federal executive council", he explained.

Speaking earlier, the Minister for Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola said the Lagos-Ota road, inherited from the previous administration, was first awarded in the Year 2000 with the contract sum of N6bn and now needed the sum of N56bn for its completion.

He said though work started and completed on the Lagos end of the road, the bridge head at Ota had been in deplorable condition for sometimes now, pledging that FERMA has been saddle with the responsibility of fixing the fail portions of the road.

On the Ota- Idi-Iroko road, the Minister said measurements, designs and office work were going on just as the State government was committed to clearing the road for construction of gutters to commence.

While sympathising with those who ply the road, Mr. Fashola  said government needed the support of lawmakers in making funds available for infrastructural development in the country.

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