Ogun Governor, Amosun, at loggerheads with Dangote

Abeokuta, March 27, 2017 (TNE): Gov. Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun is at loggerheads with Aliko Dangote, President of the Dangote Group, saying many of the roads in the state have been damaged by his trucks, while he has shirked in his social responsibility.
This, he said, had  strained  the relationship between him and  the billionaire, he told newsmen in Abeokuta, adding that the damage continued without commensurate reciprocity to fix the infrastructure by the group.
The governor said: “Why I am against Dangote is that the heavy trucks of the company damage the roads.
”An example is Ilaro-Papalanto road. Is it the cars of our people that destroyed the roads? No! It is the heavy trucks of the company.”
The governor also said  Dangote Cement operating in Ibese/Ilaro axis of Ogun West Senatorial District had contributed to damaging some of the roads.
He, however, said  government had concluded financial arrangements for contractors handling road projects to return to sites which they had abandoned due to lack of funds.
”We have mobilised our contractors back to sites.
“ We shall ensure that all works are completed before we leave office. We are hopeful that Federal Government will give us another tranche of the Paris fund.
The governor also called on the Federal Government to cede more of its roads to the states for rehabilitation and construction, noting that the federal government could not do it alone.
“We want the Federal Government to cede all the federal roads in the state to the state government so as to repair them,”  he said.
He pointed out that most of the federal roads in the state had been neglected and were in deplorable condition.
The roads include Sagamu-Ogijo, Lagos-Abeokuta, Papalanto-interchange, Lafenwa-Ayetoro, Papalanto-Ilaro and Lagos-Ibadan. (TNE)
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