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Buhari in Ogun, Promises Funding for Federal Roads

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President Muhammadu Buhari Thursday promised that the Federal Government would consider extending tax credit as funding option for the reconstruction of three strategic roads in Ogun state.

The three roads that may be considered for the funding option are the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road; the Ota-Idiroko Road and the Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu Road.

The Federal Government had earlier approved the reconstruction of the
100km Sagamu Interchange-Papalanto-Ilaro Road to be handled by the Dangote Group.

Buhari also assured Nigerians, that two major Federal roads under construction, the Sagamu-Benin Expressway and the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, would be commissioned before the end of 2022.

The president’s was sequel to the request by the Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, during the inauguration of five key projects in the state.

Abiodun had in his speech, sought special funding by the Federal Government for infrastructure in the state.

The governor, specifically noted that the state had highest number of federal roads than any other state in Nigeria, thus the need for the Federal Government intervention, to fix those roads, which he described as strategic.

The president, who addressed residents of the state at Sagamu-Abeokuta Interchange, commended Abiodun, for delivering visionary and trail-blazing projects for the people, even in the midst of prevailing and challenging circumstances occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Describing Abiodun as the ‘‘performing Governor of Nigeria’s Gateway State,’’ the President said he is a worthy example of ‘‘promises made, promises kept.’’

The President noted that the lofty projects: the Gateway City Gate; the 42-Kilometre Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta Road; the 14km Ijebu-Ode-Epe Expressway and two Housing Estates for low, medium and high income earners at Kobape and Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta, respectively, could not have materialised without the State government’s huge investment and commitment to security of lives and property.

‘‘This made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful states in the country and investors’ destination of choice.

‘‘You (Gov Abiodun) have justified the mandate of the people of Ogun State. You have represented our party very well,’’ the President said.

The President expressed delight that the 14km Ijebu Ode-Mojoda-Epe Road commissioned by him had been reconstructed into a modern expressway by the State government.

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