House of Reps Asks Presidency to Include Upgrade Ijebu Ode-Itoikin-Ikorodu Road in 2024 Budget
House of Representatives has passed a bill seeking to upgrade and dualise the Ijebu Ode-Itoikin-Ikorodu road in Ogun State.
The House asked federal government to make provision in the 2024 budget bill for the implementation of the road project.
The House passed the bill, following a motion raised by a member, Honorable Olufemi Ogunbanwo during the Tuesday plenary.
In his motion, the lawmaker said the road connects several communities in Ogun and Lagos States, including Epe, Agbowa, Itoikin, Imota, Idowa and Ibefun.
He also said the road was being used by motorists from the South South and South East regions to link the Sagamu-Ore expressway.
The House asked Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to begin the rehabilitation of the road, ahead of its upgrading and dualization by federal government.
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It asks the House Work and Appropriation Committees to liaise with FERMA for the immediate rehabilitation of the road.
Furthermore, it said, the proposed 4th Mainland Bridge in Lagos incorporates this road as a crucial feeder road, underscoring its significant role in the region’s transportation infrastructure.
The House was concerned that the road built in 1975 has deteriorated due to a lack of maintenance by the Federal government, causing inconvenience and safety hazards for commuters and businesses.
It worried that the deplorable conditions of the road have caused fatalities, property waste, and millions of Naira in damages, disrupting economic and social activities.
The House was disturbed that Ogun and Lagos State governments have appealed to the Federal Government for road ownership, upgrading, and expansion, but after assurances by the former Minister of Works on approval of funds by the Federal Executive Council for rehabilitation in April 2021, work is yet to commence.