We Are Working Towards Fixing Akin Ogunlewe Road, Drainage Construction, Relocating Transporters In Igbogbo – Council Chairman Reacts To CIIDU’s Letter

Kunle Adelabu

Builder Sesan Daini, Chairman, Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area.

The Chairman of Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area (LCDA), Builder Sesan Daini, has stated that the council is working towards the construction of the Ogunlewe road to ease movement of vehicles within the community.

He also stated that his administration is looking into the possibility of relocating transporters from where Igbogbo garage is presently located on Awolowo Way close to the council secretariat to another location.

These among others were contained in the Chairman’s response to an appeal by a community –based group, Community Initiatives of Igbogbo Development Union (CIIDU), to the council to construct the Akin Ogunlewe road which the group said has strategic importance, a copy of which was sent to THE IMPACT early Wednesday (yesterday).

The CIDU e-letter, which was also sent to our news medium late Tuesday night, was signed by its Secretary, Idris Adeshina.

Builder Daini, in his response to the CIIDU’s letter, admitted the importance of the Akin Ogunlewe road and revealed that his administration is working on collaboration for full construction of the road.

“About the above subject matter on Akin Ogunlewe road, it is important to note that I know how imperative the said road is and how fundamental it is to be  accessed as an inter-link road between Igbogbo and her suburbs some of which you mentioned”, Builder Daini stated.

“The council is in discussion on support and collaboration on full construction of the road”.

He also revealed that the Council is working with the Ministry of Environment at the state level for the construction of drainages in some areas in the council to stop flooding experienced by hundreds of houses last year.

“Please, note that the highest team on Drainage matters in the State visited Selewu, Banjoko, Awesu, Marcauley and Olu-Odo in our LCDA last week. The visit was their third since last year and was led by the Director Drainage and Dredging in Ministry of the Environment, Engr. Ajadi .

“He gave us his highest assurances in tackling major flood issues in the LCDA. The same week, some members of DEC (Drainage Enforcement and Compliance) also came on Friday, January 15, 2021, to commence marking of houses on the drainage alignments, waterways and wetlands in preparation for construction of primary /secondary drains as well as dredging where necessary. This is to mention but a few”.

Daini also stated that the Council is looking into the issue raised by CIIDU on the relocation of transporters from their present state to another location along Offin/Oreta road.

“On the relocation of transporters from their present location in Igbogbo Garage to a large expanse of land that you mentioned is also well noted. Please have my assurances that we are looking into this and the administration will come up with an acceptable approach that’s suitable for all”, he said.

He revealed that the council is also in talk with the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) team to see how they can capture residents in various communities in Igbogbo/Bayeku in the ongoing exercise.

Meanwhile, CIIDU Secretary, Adeshina, had in the letter on behalf of group, charged the Daini’s administration on the construction of Akin Ogunlewe road because of its social and economic importance.

The group stated that the road, when constructed, will serve as inter – link road for main and inner roads.

“We humbly write to call your attention to the construction of Akin Ogunlewe road in Igbogbo. The construction of this road becomes germane considering its strategic location and importance to the socio-economic development of the “Land of Cool Beauty”, prominent among which includes:

“Serving as an inter-link road between Igbogbo and her suburbs i.e Iselewu, Agunfoye, Morekete, Baiyeku, Oreta, Laajo and Offin etc.

“ It will help reduce the traffic gridlock on Obafemi Awolowo road that accommodates the Council Secretariat, MOPOL Station and other Commercial Centres as residents from the suburbs mentioned above can or will navigate through Akin Ogunlewe to link-up with Bola Ahmed Tinubu Road or Agbele Road that is under major construction”, CIIDU stated in its letter to the Council Chairman.

Suggesting further way the community can be decongested, the group stated that the Council should consider the possibility of relocating the Igbogbo garage from its present location where transporters are using a street since the redevelopment of the old garage to an ultra modern market, to a large expanse of land along Offin/Oreta road.

“In addition, we want to advise total relocation of transporters from the present Igbogbo Garage to a large expanse of land available for lease at Wagbare Junction along Oreta/Offin Road, to add more beauty and value to the newly constructed Secretariat of Igbogbo/Baiyeku LCDA, enable MOPOL Station performs efficiently and effectively and further opening of  the area to more corporate businesses,thereby, becoming the new and upcoming Central Business District (CBD) of Igbogbo/Bayeku Local Council Development Area”.

The group also congratulated the Chairman and members of his team for the successful completion of the new council secretariat which is awaiting commissioning.

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