The Ogun State Government has revealed plans to construct 100 roads in 100 rural communities in the state. The government said before the end of the year, work would commence on construction of infrastructure in border communities such as Arepo, Ibafo, among others.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Adedayo Adeneye, spoke on Tuesday during a courtesy visit to PUNCH Place, Magboro, Ogun State.Adeneye was accompanied by some special advisers and information officers of the state government. He said, “The state government plans operation 100/100. We are doing 100 ruralroads, hopefully in 100 days. “We also take cognisance of the cries of residents in our border towns. But the decline in oil prices has reduced government revenue. We are constrained by paucity of funds. But we want them to rest assured that they are next on our agenda. As soon as the rain subsides and we get the funds we are expecting, we will move contractors to site and the people will start seeing the effect of the operation 100/100.
“I, however, wish to state that most houses in the border towns don’t have government approvals and it is only when they call on us (for infrastructure) that we know that they are there. It important that whenever you want to build, that you get government approvals so that there can be proper planning.” He said the state government was seeking ways to increase its Internal Generated Revenue and create an enabling environment for businesses to thrive.
On the issue of transportation, the commissioner said the state Governor, Ibikunle Amosun, had already signed a N1.2bn Memorandum of Understanding with a Chinese company for the construction of a rail system. He added that plan was underway for the construction of an airport to enhance investments and support the “more than 400 industries” in the state.
Adeneye thanked The PUNCH for its support for the Ogun State Government and its sustenance of core journalism values of fairness and balance.In his response, the Chairman, Editorial Board, Segun Adediran, thanked Adeneye and his team for the visit, saying The PUNCH would continue to fulfil its constitutional duty of making government accountable to the people. “We are no cheer leaders of anybody. We also don’t pander to any business or political interest. As an organisation, we are neutral and our values are well known. We stand for democracy, fundamental human rights of Nigerians and true federalism. With the strides that the Ogun and Lagos states governments have made, it is evident that if Nigeria had met the basic minimum standards of true federalism, our story as a country would have been different,” he said.