Ogun - Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun on Thursday inaugurated the first overhead bridge (flyover) constructed by the state since its creation in 1976.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the four -lane fly-over begins at the end of the popular Lalubu Road and opens into the six-lane Ibara-Totoro Road.
The governor said at the programme that the construction of the N 1.5 billion bridge was part of efforts to deliver on his electoral promises to the people of the state. He noted that the new bridge would, apart from aiding the movement of goods and services, ease traffic congestion in the area.
Amosun also argued that the development would reduce manpower-time wasted on the road, thereby improving the productive time of every individual plying the road. ``Our goal is to put our state in the league of advanced economies and make it investors' destination of choice, not only in Nigeria, but in sub-Saharan Africa. ``To achieve this, we will continue to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and construct not modern infrastructure that will enhance the magnificence of our environment and act as a catalyst for our socio-economic development," Amosun said.
The governor expressed gratitude to Ogun residents, particularly those whose properties gave way for the edifices. He, however, urged them to exercise more patience and continue to support the administration in its mission to rebuild the state.
Amosun called on the organised private sector to take advantage of the enabling environment in the state to partner with the government to create wealth. He said they would realise good returns on their investment. Chief Earnest Shonekan, the Head of former Interim National Government, in his goodwill message, lauded the governor for his achievement in the area of urban renewal.
Bola Tinubu, former Lagos State governor and leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), in his message, described Amosun as "an actualiser of our dream and vision." A former governor of the state, Chief Olusegun Osoba, also commended Amosun, urging him not to relent in his efforts at transforming the state.
Speaking earlier, the state Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lekan Adegbite said the flyover was a product of the vision of the Amosun administration to transform the state. He explained that every project in the state, including the flyover, "was implemented to conform with the ``Ogun Standard, which sets benchmarks for others."