Is Governor Dapo Abiodun not in touch with the realities of the people of Ogun state?
The worrisome state of roads in the Gateway State seems to be a confirmation of this.
The Governor in the past few days, has been making comments that show he was not aware that the majority of the roads linking various communities in Ogun State have totally collapsed.
Recently, Gov Abiodun has been traversing the length and breadth of Ogun State to seek the support of residents for the forthcoming local government elections.
Abiodun confirmed that he had not visited many of the local governments since two years ago when he assumed office.
Before he started the local government election campaign, Abiodun had visited Iberekodo area of Abeokuta North to inspect the Arakanga Water works.
Seeing the pitiable condition of the road, the Governor said he felt like his government has not done anything on roads.
“On my way coming here, I saw this road and I felt sad because the road is too bad. And we have been embarking on construction of roads across the state, but this road now makes it look like we have not done anything. All these roads cannot be completed even if someone is governor for 20 years,” he confessed.
The story was the same when Abiodun went to Imeko/Afon Local Government to flag off the APC campaign on Monday.
Addressing the people of Imeko/Afon, Abiodun said he was taken aback with the condition of the roads from Lafenwa to Olorunda.
“When I was coming from Abeokuta and I rode on that road from Lafenwa to Rounder, down to Olorunda, till I got here, I was just shaking my head. I pity myself and I pity you too. It was just too painful. I was just calling the Commissioner for Works like 10 times that this road is so bad. This is just too unbearable,” he lamented.
On his visit to Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government, Abiodun’s convoy was flagged by residents who came out in their numbers to protest the poor condition of the roads in the industrial hub.
Seeing the situation of things, Abiodun could not help saying he almost shed tears when he saw what the people go through daily on the roads in Ota axis.
When I was coming here today, I almost shed tears. It is very painful to me. Why is the suffering (on this road) this much,” the Governor cried out.
In his words, the Governor blamed the Federal Government for failing to handover the road to him for rehabilitation.
He, however, disclosed that he had directed the Commissioner for Works to find a means of ameliorating the suffering on the road to Joju junction.
In Ifo, the people groaned over the state of Ojodu, Akute axis roads, as the Governor promised to borrow money to fix same, saying, nonetheless, that “I cannot do everything.”