Dayo Rufai, Abeokuta
There is fresh faceoff between the people of Ago Iwoye and the Ogun State government over the order issued on Friday by the state governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, stopping reconstruction of the dilapidated Igan Road in the town.
Gateway Times Nigeria reliably gathered that the project forms part of the constituency projects of Rt Hon Adesegun Adekoya, the deputy minority whip of the House of Representatives.
Adekoya, a PDP lawmaker representing the Ijebu North, Ijebu East and Ogun Waterside local governments at the national assembly hails from Ago Iwoye.
The road which has become impassable and a nightmare for mostly students of Olabisi Onabanjo University for many years was being rehabilitated on the prompting of Adekoya before a letter from the Ogun State ministry of works was sent ordering the project stopped and be reverted to the ministry.
The letter signed by the special adviser to the governor on works and infrastructure, Engr Adesina Babatunde and dated Thursday, November 27, 2020, a copy which is in the possession of Gateway Times Nigeria said: “I am directed to appraise you that it has come to the knowledge of the Ogun State Government, the illegal reconstruction, rehabilitation of Igan Road in Ago-Iwoye, which you have embarked upon without obtaining prior approval from the Ogun State government knowing fully well that the road is a state road.
As a result, you are hereby instructed to stop work immediately on the road and any other road. Also, you are enjoined to submit to the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure, your proposal for the reconstruction, rehabilitation work and wait for the state government’s approval before you recommence or embark on any such mission.”
Meanwhile, there has been mixed feelings over the development. While a section of society loyal to the government praised the action, another section opposed to the stopped argued that the lawmaker ought to have been commended for providing good governance to his people.
A resident of the town, Alhaji Adekunle Yusuf who spoke to us on the development berated the Ogun State government action, describing it as insensitive and inimical to the progress of Ago-Iwoye. Yusuf argued that Hon Segun Adekoya should be seen as a partner in progress by the state government rather than playing politics with his people-oriented project.