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|Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Yinkay: 4:27pm On Feb 03, 2012|
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Nigeria: South West, Edo Move to Rebuild Lagos-Ibadan Expressway
BY SHERIFF BALOGUN, 3 FEBRUARY 2012
Governors of the South-west states and their Edo State counterpart have initiated moves to take over the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway as well as the Shagamu-Benin Highway.
They are also planning to pull resources together to construct a rail line traversing Lagos through Asaba, Delta State.
These were the highlights of the communiqué they issued at the end of their meeting at the Government House, Abeokuta, Ogun State Thursday.
Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, who read the communiqué, said: "The governors resolved to explore the possibility of taking over the reconstruction and management of the roads. They also considered and agreed on the need to create alternative road and rail lines from Lagos to Asaba."
The governors said their decision to venture into the reconstruction bid for the affected roads was informed by the national impact of the gridlock witnessed daily on the roads.
Apart from the gridlock, they also said there were the issues of job losses, insecurity, and economic wastage, "which have considerable impact on the socio-economic development of the nation in general and the affected states in particular".
Fayemi said the governors also demanded an immediate review of the existing concession agreement on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, adding that the position of the road as the artery linking Lagos to other parts of the country made the review imperative.
Speaking on the state of security in the country, Fayemi said the meeting resolved that states must play a more active role in protecting lives and property of the citizenry beyond mere provision of equipment and logistics to security agencies.
"The governors resolved to continue to protect all residents and visitors within their jurisdiction," he added.
On power, he said: "The management of the distribution assets is what is militating against efficient power supply. The meeting therefore noted that it has become necessary to take ownership of the distribution assets in order to facilitate required partnerships' for effective power supply."
On stakeholders' forum, he said: ", whilst the governors are mindful of the fact that they are popularly elected representatives of the people, the precarious situation in the country requires convening of a broad-based stakeholders forum consisting of legislators at the national and state levels as well as other revered elders and leaders in Ibadan in the shortest possible time."
On resource allocation, he said: ", the governors further deplored the imbalance in resource allocation to states that make up the old Western Region given their contributions to the National Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The governors reaffirmed their determination to ensure that justice is done on the revenue allocation framework in the country."
The governors, who also deliberated on devolution of power, said in the communiqué that: "The Federal Government is holding on to too many responsibilities and power that are supposed to be within the purview of the federating states. The governors considered it expedient to review the existing arrangement and devolve more power to the states."
Fayemi added that there would be a full-fledged secretariat to be established for effective coordination of the goal to fully integrate the states in the old Western Region, stating that "the meeting of the governors should hold more frequently at least, a bi-monthly schedule was agreed on."
In attendance were: host Governor Ibikunle Amosun, his Lagos State counterpart, Mr. Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN); Fayemi; Governor of Osun State, Rauf Aregbesola; and Governor of Oyo State, Senator Abiola Ajimobi.
Others were the Deputy Governor of Ondo State, Alhaji Alli Olanusi, and his Edo State counterpart, Mr. Pius Odubu.
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|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Eko Ile: 4:36pm On Feb 03, 2012|
Finally, the real leaders are doing what leaders do. Nothing beats competency and vision.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by efisher(m): 4:36pm On Feb 03, 2012|
Good thinking. The earlier we go "regional" the better. The FG can hardly perform when they don't feel the direct impact of such infrastructure. It's better to allow those who feel the pain handle their infrastructure. Let the states do this and the FG will reimburse or allow them toll the roads / collect proceeds from the rail line for like 20 years. In fact, FG should not be in the business of maintaining roads outside FCT.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by seanet02: 5:00pm On Feb 03, 2012|
God help our leaders achieve this good shot. This is why we voted no to PIDINPIN
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by efisher(m): 5:09pm On Feb 03, 2012|
Delta desperately needs to join the league of progressive states. I hope Ogboru moves to ACN in order to be in a better position to liberate Delta State from the shackles of tyrants like Uduaghan. As there was an Oshiomhole after a Lucky, may there be an Ogboru after an Uduaghan.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Arosa(m): 5:14pm On Feb 03, 2012|
I pray it works. God bless egbe-Oduduwa.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by jason123: 5:36pm On Feb 03, 2012|
Soon and very soon!
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Rgp92: 5:48pm On Feb 03, 2012|
Let them start first, then rejoice letter.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by hooged: 5:55pm On Feb 03, 2012|
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by 2mch(m): 5:59pm On Feb 03, 2012|
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by dustydee(m): 9:25am On Feb 04, 2012|
what will happen to the concession agreement signed by the FG?
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by ekt_bear(m): 9:26am On Feb 04, 2012|
Plan plan plan, talk talk talk.
Talking Congress of Nigeria.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by babaowo: 9:46am On Feb 04, 2012|
this is not FG promises ,the is S/W plan and is gonna come to pass and you ppl will still rush to come down here like when your ppl heard BRT is working.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by babaowo: 9:58am On Feb 04, 2012|
southwest is moving on!!!
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Ufeolorun(m): 10:32am On Feb 04, 2012|
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Nobody: 10:35am On Feb 04, 2012|
^^^ movement without motion.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Pa22(m): 10:46am On Feb 04, 2012|
Good move. Expedite action! Enough of talking & planning forever! Let there be an example of 'FRESH AIR'!!!!
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by yokiti(m): 10:50am On Feb 04, 2012|
Cant wait for this to happen!
Wait a minute, who are those saying this?
This will bring authoritative allocation of values if it can be done as soon as possible.
THE METROLINE is a good plan
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Nobody: 10:51am On Feb 04, 2012|
@ 2mch, but why would you prefer kwara,dont you know kwara is fulani territory?
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by kelvincoll(m): 11:29am On Feb 04, 2012|
Scoring cheap points,They know their audience very well, Do not rejoice yet for how many of their electoral promises have been fulfilled to their Local govt sef not to talk of state. Actions is all we need else na d same PDP arrangee
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by chino11(m): 12:17pm On Feb 04, 2012|
Gullible NGBATI people. What about this road that was purportedly flagged off by the rascal governor:
Osun plans highway to Ogun, Lagos
Osun State Governor, Mr Rauf Aregbesola, has said his administration will construct a highway that will link the state with Ogun and Lagos states.
According to Aregbesola, travellers from Osun State will have the opportunity to bypass the Gbongan-Ibadan expressway by passing through the road that will be constructed through Ikoyi in Osun State to Ijebu-Igbo in Ogun State.
The governor said the road, when completed, would offer travellers the opportunity to bypass the usual traffic gridlock on the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway on their way to Lagos.
The guy have not even mentioned about that road again talk more of raising a finger. All you people knows how to do is talk talk and talk some more without meaningful and healthy development. Well we know that they want to play to the gallery.
Yorubas no go kill pesin
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by violent(m): 12:28pm On Feb 04, 2012|
They are always going to do one thing or the other, . . .that's usually where it all ends, at the point, where "they are going to"!
and as usual, the gullible masses will keep counting their eggs before they are hatched.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by valacious(m): 12:38pm On Feb 04, 2012|
ekt_bear:the truth. When it comes to doing the basic good things, we plan plan plan without acting. But when it comes to looting, doing evil, we dont plan. Animal kingdom called Nigeria!
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by gidiMonsta(m): 12:58pm On Feb 04, 2012|
I wonder why all this yoruba haters can't just use their brain sometimes, you just love to hate. While our governors are doing things to move our region forward, your pot bellied leaders are bleeding you dry while screaming marginalization and resource control. This is why SW will always be on top in this country; our economic integration.
Plan before action, we have seen examples already in Lagos and Osun. That's why they've decided to meet bi-monthly, to expedite action.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by ikeyman00(m): 1:12pm On Feb 04, 2012|
very good move indeed
but with the tendency to back stabb i hope it deliver
cuz more people have died on that road!! sad
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by jason123: 1:15pm On Feb 04, 2012|
Why are people hating?! At least, they are planning! How many state governors or regions have a plan not to talk of implementing. Take a look at the cesspit of corruption called NDDC! All they do there is steal money and play the tribal card. God will soon catch up with them!
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by ikeyman00(m): 1:24pm On Feb 04, 2012|
igboman will never hate anything that bring good life
abi na too much oily soup dey clog ur brain cell
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by 9ja voice(m): 2:06pm On Feb 04, 2012|
as an igboman that i am, i wish them well in their plans but they must be careful else the ss will protest of them trying
to intrude in their region. my candid advice would have been "build your region to the boundary first and if anyone needs let him build his state or region
then connect it in the same boundary.
am sure if igbos are the pple doing this the same advice many of us here will give.
more grace to the elbows of the sw governors.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by 9ja voice(m): 2:58pm On Feb 04, 2012|
but why is blackman don't learn from the lesson of history in the land of blackman.
in Edo state there are Esan pple, and they cannever like any joint venture with sw bcus that alone spell marginalization to them.
be on your own why is it hard for a blackman.
The zulu's laments appartied and when independence came, they are now dominating other minorities.
the plan moves down till Asaba, Uduaghan who is semi yoruba is in power today. what about tomorrow an ijawman/igbo/isoko may come,
how will they see the move?
i vote for anytin progress in nigeria especialy in the southern nigeria but its good to let pple be on their own without intruding.
if ss did not workout tomorrow many will say its yoruba intrude that causes their troubles. why not blackman think and avoid the same mistake.
pls incase i offend you am sorry,i mean well not harm just read through my msg and see where am coming from.
they are doing it now to the southereners and nobody may talk
next they will go kwara and then fight will erupt,then they will later blame themselfs.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by doyin13(m): 3:05pm On Feb 04, 2012|
Like many have said before.
Lets see it get done first. Commitee upon commitee, commission upon commission, secretariat upon secretariat.
But if this kind of interstate venture were to succeed, then we would have come a long way in neutalising fg incomptence.
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by gabreel: 3:07pm On Feb 04, 2012|
[font=Lucida Sans Unicode]this is why we voted for them.
it is unfortunately that they are waking up to the responsibility of FG. who never see any clear vision of development but to improvised the common masses by hike in pump price. GEJ do make you leave that post. we need a competent leader. [/font]
|Re: Nigeria: South West, Edo Move To Rebuild Lagos-ibadan Expressway by Gbawe: 3:52pm On Feb 04, 2012|
Indeed. I will not begrudge Nigerians their cynicism but let us prove that we are not a people jaded beyond redemption by committing ourselves to giving credit where due rather than adopt a negative atitude that lends itself to blanket condemnation of everything and everyone.
This level of formal regional responsibility, cohesion and cooperation is to be encouraged because it is somewhat exemplary in the Nigeria of today where it is every man/State for himself. These Governors are planning to take on the responsibility of the FG. That , in itself, is highly laudable considering that what they plan to do should ordinarily be 100% the responsibility of a Federal Government awake to its obligations it should carry out efficiently via controlling a hefty 52% of all allocations from the centre.
This is an attempt at self-help when , in fairness, these Governors should not be reduced to this if , in the first place, we have a functional and efficient FG in charge. Everyone is just fed up of a bloated and corrupt centre that is now worthless to Nigerians. A damn impediment actually.
To that end, folks should praise this initiative rather than scoff at it because it is not often in Nigeria we see leaders performing their own primary roles well let alone proactively and altruistically taking on the responsibilities of the FG in the quest for rapid development.
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