Ogun State government has outlawed trucks above 30 tonnes plying township roads across the state
The southwest Nigerian state says that the activities of the trucks have been responsible for the bad condition of some of its roads.
The directive was communicated by the Ogun State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lekan Adegbite, at a press briefing on Monday in Abeokuta, the state’s capital.
The Commissioner hinted that security agents have been instructed to enforce the order and warned that defaulters would be made to face full sanction, adding that such truck would be impounded.
Mr Adegbite stated further that the offender would be fined 200,000 naira and arraigned before a competent court of jurisdiction.
He also called for the reintroduction of weigh stations and its enforcement to reduce depression on the roads.
The Commissioner noted that the existing road networks were made for vehicles below the 30 tonnes stipulation and insisted that this directive must be obeyed.
The Ogun State Government has commenced asphalt laying on the failed portion of the Lagos-Ibadan express being repaired by the state government.
This is to demonstrate its seriousness in ending the daily stress being experienced by road users and residents along the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.
A visit to the place revealed that an appreciable length has been covered in the ongoing palliative measure initiated by the state government
Supervising the exercise, the State Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr Lekan Adegbite, said that the project would be completed on record time.
He, however, debunked insinuations that the palliative measure is being carried out by a popular church along the expressway.
The Ogun State Commissioner for Finance, Mrs Kemi Adeosun and her Works counterpart, Mr Lekan Adegbite, have appeared before the State House of Assembly to clarify issues on the proposed N19 billion loans being asked for by the State Government for developmental projects across the state.
The two commissioners had been invited by the committee to shed more light on the loans being proposed by the executive arm, as well as to ensure that due process was followed.
At the meeting, members seized the opportunity to ask questions on some issues bordering on the state finances and especially the repayment plans of the proposed loans.
While answering questions, the State Commissioner for Finance denied any deductions from Local Government funds as being rumoured in some quarters in the state, as she tried to give a clean bill of the state finances
The Commissioner also maintained that the loans would be channelled towards on-going developmental projects across the state.
She also took a swipe at the Federal Government on the bias over allocation of ecological funds to states, saying N300 million has so far been given to Ogun State.
The Commissioner for Works, however, maintained that international best practices are being observed in the award of contracts by the administration.
In the final analysis, the Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Suraj Adekunbi, promised to give the necessary legislative backing to the loans request, to facilitate development in the state.