Ogun To Spend N1.8 Billion On Agbara Industrial Estate Road NetworkLatest News, News From The State Thursday, July 10th, 2014
By Femi Kehinde
Ogun State Government has concluded plans to spend the sum of N1.8billion on the construction of access roads in the industrial and residential areas in Agbara town of the state situated in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of the state.
Managing Director, Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation, OPIC, Mr. Babajide Odusolu, disclosed this on Tuesday during a media tour organised by the corporation to the areas.
Odusolu who is also Special Adviser to Governor Ibikunle Amosun on Property and Investment, said what government is doing in the industrial area of Agbara is an holistic infrastructural development.
His words, “What we are doing in Agbara industrial estate is an holistic infrastructural development. We are constructing 11 kilometres of roads. Six kilometres in industrial area and another five kilometres to cover the residential area. Since the construction began in January, the incidence of having those articulated vehicles bringing raw materials to various industries here tipping over due to deplorable state of the roads has stopped.”
Odusolu speaking on the holistic development of the area, explained that since many of the workers in the industries sited there live in Lagos, the corporation has commenced construction of mixed housing units to cater to their accommodation needs, adding that there are about 145 units of mixed of two-bedroom and three-bedroom terraced flats being constructed in the area.
“We have a cluster of 32 units of two-bedroom flats in one area, and each unit costs N7million. We also have a mixed one, that combines two and three-bedrooms. From all these, people can work and live here. That is our target,” the OPIC boss stated.
The OPIC boss also pointed out that the mandate by the State Governor was to turn the Industrial Estate to a leading point of attraction for both local and foreign industries in the state, explaining that about seven industrialists in the area contributed 30 per cent of the total cost on road construction in the industrial section of the area.
However, during the tour, a member of technical committee representing the industrialists, Trushar Gajjar, commended the state government for creating an enabling environment for the investors, adding that Agbara was a no-go-area before the coming of the present administration.
“In terms of safety and development, we are impressed. Five years back, no transportation system, no safety, no development, but now, it is a different story,” he said.
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