Election of Governor Dapo Abiodun has been described as a positive asset for Ogun development.
Residents of Foremost Journalists Estate Residents Development Association (JERDA) and 19 others that make up the Arepo Central Community Development Association, (ACCDA), in a congratulatory message to the Governor and his deputy, Engr. Noimot Salako-Oyedele, describe the duo as asset for Ogun development and Arepo Community in particular.
The ACCDA in a statement signed by its President, Prince Kehinde Adeyemo noted that the election of Abiodun and Salako-Oyedele will no doubt usher the state into greatness and beginning of newer heights.
Adeyemo expressed optimism saying, with the calibre of exposure and disposition of the duo elected to steer the ship of Ogun State, it is no doubt a big relief to many of the communities that had suffered setbacks in the last eight years of Senator Ibikunle Amosun.
The ACCDA leadership lamented that the last eight years witnessed a humongous setback for border communities in the State and several citizens in the last eight years also suffered lack of inclusive governance and poor infrastructural development.
Specifically, the ACCDA congratulated the Governor on his victory despite huge opposition but reminded him not to forget his electoral promises which center on transparency, development, inclusiveness and good governance stating that all of these are much desired to fast-pace growth and asset for Ogun State development “rather than an arrogant concentration of infrastructure in one region”.
Recounting the plight of border communities like Arepo, Adeyemo wrote, “the only access road that links the community to Lagos-Ibadan Expressway has completely collapsed and become unmotorable having being abandoned for over eight years and remains a death trap.
“Although the road was said to have been awarded since 2006 to First August Construction Company during the first term tenure of former Gov. Amosun, there was no efforts to mobilise the contractor to move to site while the former governor turned deaf ears to all pleas by the Arepo community”, noted Adeyemo.
Adeyemo further disclosed that although residents of Arepo community have made several efforts, levying themselves and making monetary contributions to fix the road, “yet not much has been achieved as the road urgently requires government attention for a holistic reconstruction”,wrote Adeyemo.
The Journalists Road, Arepo, was constructed by former Governor Gbenga Daniel in 2003 when the Journalists Estates were commissioned but has since gone into state of disrepair.
The association lamented that Arepo Community which boasts of two Journalists Estates, first of its kind in Africa, and the world, as well as 18 other large estates rather than attract the attention and care of the state government, remained abandoned.
Arepo community is the foremost and sprawling border town between Ogun and Lagos States along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.
It is also an emerging town boasting of highly urbanized estates, private businesses and populated by high-flying and upwardly mobile elites and middle-class citizens who are contributing in no small ways to the growth and development of Ogun state economy.
According to the ACCDA, the only governance presence recorded by the community under the last administration was the rehabilitation of a six classroom-block of the only community primary school.
The large community and town does not have any public health facility and shares Police Station with neighbouring Warewa and Magboro. The pipe-born water promised by the former governor remained a pipe dream.
The ACCDA therefore appealed to Gov. Abiodun and his new team to be a asset to Ogun development and Arepo community by writing their names in gold.
The ACCDA urged the Governor to immediately direct the reconstruction of the Journalists Road as awarded, give the community a fresh breather as well as provide other social amenities and infrastructure befitting of a fast growing border community which holds high potentials for the state in curbing rural-urban migration and other economic benefits.