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S’West govs meet Jonathan on Lagos-Ibadan Expressway

South-West governors on Thursday met behind closed doors with President Goodluck Jonathan on the state of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other infrastructure in the area.

The meeting held at the Presidential Villa, Abuja was attended by governors  Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun); Olusegun Mimiko (Ondo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Rauf Aregbesola (Osun) and Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo).

Only Lagos State Governor Babatunde Fashola was absent from the meeting.

Fayemi told State House correspondents that the governors used the opportunity of the meeting to call the President’s attention to the deplorable state of Federal Government roads in the South-West.

He said special mention was made of the state of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway because of its importance to the economy of the country.

Fayemi said, “We were invited by Mr. President for discussions on areas of mutual interest: infrastructure, roads, rail, transport particularly.

“It was a very positive discussion, we  highlighted to Mr. President the poor state of the road infrastructure in the South-West, particularly federal roads and Mr. President agreed with us on the importance of doing something quickly about this.

“All of our people will have a sense of belonging, the truth of the matter is that roads are very important to all Nigerians, not just people in the South-West. Ordinary people, citizens of Nigeria don’t make a distinction between federal  and state roads, they just want roads that are motorable, decent and that will enable them have secure and safe travel in the cause of their journey back and forth.”

The governor added, “And when you look at particularly the Lagos Ibadan-Expressway and the Benin-Ore-Shagamu roads not to mention all the small roads that we have around the zone, the Lagos Ibadan Expressway is the number one arterial road out of Lagos to all parts of the country.

“It affects the East, North, West and everybody suffers from the continuing state of dilapidation of that road. Mr. President acknowledges our concern and he has agreed to work with us in the partnership to address the fundamental disconnection that have affected the state of the road.”

 Amosun reiterated his position that the concessioning of the road should be revoked.

He said, “My position (for the revocation of the concession) still stands and I believe that something needs to be done to immediately fix the road and of course we have met with Mr. President and of course it gladdens our hearts that Mr. President identifies with us and not just me alone even though most of the roads lies within Ogun State.”

-Punch

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