James Sowole in Abeokuta
President Muhammadu Buhari pledged on Thursday that the federal government would consider extending the tax credit as a financing option for the reconstruction of three strategic roads in the state.
The three roads that can be considered for the financing option are the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road; the Ota-Idiroko road and the Sagamu-Ogijo-Ikorodu road.
The federal government had previously approved the reconstruction of the
100 km Sagamu Interchange-Papalanto-Ilaro Road to be managed by Dangote Group.
Buhari also assured Nigerians that two major federal highways under construction, the Sagamu-Benin highway and the Lagos-Ibadan highway, would be commissioned before the end of 2022.
The President’s decision followed the request of the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, during the inauguration of five key projects in the state.
Abiodun had, in his speech, requested special funding from the federal government for state infrastructure.
The Governor specifically noted that the state had the most number of federal roads than any other state in Nigeria, hence the need for federal government intervention to repair these roads, which he called strategic.
The President, who addressed state residents at the Sagamu-Abeokuta Interchange, commended Abiodun for carrying out visionary and innovative projects for the people even amid the current difficult circumstances brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19.
Describing Abiodun as the “successful governor of Nigeria’s gateway state”, the president said he was a worthy example of “promises made, promises kept”.
The President noted that the noble projects: the Gateway City Gate; the 42 kilometer road between the Sagamu interchange and Abeokuta; the 14 km Ijebu-Ode-Epe highway and two low-, middle- and high-income housing estates in Kobape and Oke-Mosan in Abeokuta, respectively, could not have materialized without the huge investment and commitment of the state government in favor of the safety of life and property.
”This has made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful states in the country and the destination of choice for investors.
“You (Gov Abiodun) have justified the mandate of the people of Ogun State. You have represented our party very well,” said the president.
The president said he was delighted that the 14 km Ijebu Ode-Mojoda-Epe road he had commissioned had been rebuilt into a modern highway by the state government.
He noted that the impressive road would complement the Sagamu-Benin highway that the federal government is rebuilding; should also be commissioned this year.
“Just across the road is the 42-kilometer Sagamu-Interchange-Abeokuta road which the state government has rebuilt and fitted with streetlights.
”This road benefits from a direct link to the Lagos-Ibadan highway which the Federal Government is in the process of rebuilding and is due for completion later this year.
”I am particularly impressed with the quality and standard of your road projects, and the creative way in which you have deployed resources to rebuild and rehabilitate them.
“It is significant to note that the two road projects commissioned today are federal roads. It is an example of constructive engagement, cooperation and collaboration between the states and the federal government.
“These routes also fit well into our rail transport master plan which connects Lagos, the economic capital of Nigeria to Kano, with Ogun State having more stations, along the Lagos-Ibadan rail corridor.”
On Governor Ogun’s housing scheme, the President praised its inclusiveness, saying it is equally heartening that it cuts across different social strata, capturing low, middle and high incomes.
The president said the Gateway City Gate Project “is not just a park beautification project. It shows that something new is happening in Ogun State, a welcoming entrance to the state capital in the center of the state.”
He added that the project was also “an ICON” representing joining hands to build the future of Ogun State in solidarity.
“I am proud of what you have done for your state and your people.
”You have made our great party, the APC, proud too. You are a worthy example of promises made, promises kept.
”These noble projects could not have come to fruition without your enormous investment and commitment to the safety of lives and property. ”
The President thanked state residents for the warm welcome extended to him and his entourage in the Gateway State, which is his first visit to a state during the new year.
“This welcome by the large crowd reminds me of the nostalgia of my first arrival on this soil as a young infantry officer in the Nigerian army at the then Lafenwa Barracks in Abeokuta shortly after independence.
”The traditional hospitality of the people of this state has not waned. Today, I am “Omowale” and very happy with this return to my roots to find my brothers and sisters, whose kindness I have always appreciated. Thank you.”
The President also commended the people of Ogun State for having such a focused, deliberate and inclusive administration under the leadership of Prince Abiodun, urging them to continue supporting the Governor for the successful implementation of the “Build our future together” of his administration. .
”The reward for success is more hard work to meet the growing expectations of the people.
“When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultation with stakeholders, as we have witnessed in Ogun State, our national development trajectory will be enhanced.”
The president, who was awarded the title of “honorary native” of the state, said:
”It is also with a sense of responsibility that I receive and cherish the honorary native status bestowed on me, as symbolized by the presentation of the Gate State Key by Governor Abiodun.
“I will leave Ogun State with fond memories and look forward to enjoying the privilege of my honorary indigenous status.”
Abiodun had earlier in his speech highlighted some of the projects carried out by his administration under the acronym “ISEYA”
He said many executed projects are ready for the inauguration but cannot be done on Thursday due to time factor.
He requested that the president visit the state before the end of the year to inaugurate other projects.
The President was received by the Governor of Ogun State, Prince Dapo Abiodun, and five other Governors including Yobe, Mai Mala Buni; Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi; Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Ondo, Arakunrin Rotimi Akeredolu and the representative of the Governor of Oyo State, Mr. Rauf Olaniyan.
Also at the reception were Alhaji Aliko Dangote and former state governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Segun Osoba and others.