By Olawale Abdul-Fatah
The Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Olamilekan Adegbite, has dismissed claims that the Federal Government has taken over construction of the 10-lane, 45-kilometre Abeokuta-Sagamu Interchange, noting that the state government is responsible for the road project.
Adegbite stressed that the road project was embarked upon in order to prepare the state capital for next stage of industrialisation and economic growth that was bound to happen in the state.
The commissioner dismissed the claim in a statement signed by Head of Media in the ministry, Ayokunle Ewuoso, on Monday.
“The visibility of the road is something that we think is desirable, the project itself was embarked upon to prepare for the next stage of industrialisation and economic growth of the state, especially the capital, and for the Federal Government taking over, no. The Federal Government has even yet to pay us for the ones we have done,” he said.
Adegbite also stated that the Federal Government had yet to refund the money spent by the state on the construction of various federal roads across the state.
He recalled that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, during an inspection and assessment tour of federal roads and ongoing housing projects in the state early this year, had assured the state government of the Federal Government’s commitment to refund the N124bn spent on the various federal roads.
The commissioner further stated that the 32km Sango/Ijoko/Oke-Aro/Ojodu Abiodun road project was ongoing, adding that the Ministry of Rural Development would soon embark on the construction of rural and semi-urban roads in the state.