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Isawo Community leaders laud Ambode for re-constructing Owutu-Isawo road



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Some leaders of Isawo Community in Ikorodu area of Lagos State have commended Gov. Akinwunmi Ambode for re-constructing Owutu-Isawo road long abandoned by previous administrations.

They made the commendation in separate interviews with our reporter on Wednesday.

They said that the road was a death trap and was obstructing their daily activities.

Chief Muse Ibrahim, the Baale of Oke-Oko/Oke-Itapa, told our reporter that the bad road had prevented many vehicles from plying the route during the rainy season.

“This road leads to many communities in Ikorodu area. The condition of the road became so bad as successive governments before Ambode did nothing to make the road passable.

“We spent more money going out and coming in as only few transporters are willing to go to our area. Only motorcycle operators carry two persons.

“The governor is not only constructing the road, but linking it to Arepo on the Ibadan expressway which would become an economic road to many Nigerians.

“We want the construction company to expedite action on the road with a view to completing it as scheduled,” Ibrahim said.

Mr Bola Owojuyugbe, the Chairman of Abule-Oba Community Development Association in Isawo, Ikorodu area, said the road was one of the major challenges they faced and praised the state governor for the road re-construction.

According to Owojuyugbe, the re-construction of the road was inaugurated in August 2017 and would be completed within 18 months.

“We are counting days; the construction company handling it would start work seriously.

“The presence of the military has brought peace and improved the security in the area.

“We want permanent military base in this area so that militants will not return here to operate as before,” he said.

Mr Akinyan Gbenga, the Secretary of Isawo CDA, told our reporter that motorcyclists were now charging N400 transport fare to Isawo from Agric Bus Stop against the previous N150.

“On a normal day, we used to pay N100 as transport fare to our destinations, but commercial vehicles now collect between N200 and N250.

“The tricycle operator charge between N350 and N400 for same area.

“We appeal to the government to monitor the construction project strictly so that it will be completed in time and save us from this hardship,” Gbenga said.

NAN reports that the construction company has started working on one of the bridges along the road, while some palliative works were being done to make the road passable.


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