27 July 2014

Nigeria: Opic Embarks On Massive Road Projects in Agbara Estate

Lagos — The Ogun State Property and Investment Corporation (OPIC) has embarked on a massive road project at Agbara estate in line with a directive from Governor Ibikunle Amosun to reconstruct all the major roads there.

The road project is expected to gulp N1.8 billion.

Special Adviser/Managing Director of the company Babajide Odusolu dropped the hint while conducting journalists on an inspection tour of the estate.

According to him, the targeted 10.8 kilometres road re construction that commenced barely six months ago; nearing completion in 'OPIC Agbara estate' has grown to 50 kilometers to cater for future needs being ushered in by the infra structural re birth.

He said that the targeted coverage for the road re construction had increased to 50 kilometres to cater for more companies being attracted to OPIC estate as a result of the infra structural re birth.

Odusdolu pointed out, that OPIC planned to steadily continue the road re construction project in phases along with the construction of housing units and creation of new gated residential zones across its Agbara estate.

The OPIC helsman said the roads being re constructed and those to be constructed afresh would no doubt last for 30 - 40 years because of sound, ethical, professional and quality materials committed to the projects.

He added that while on the average a well constructed road could last for 25 years, OPIC estate roads would no doubt last for 30 to 40 years due to well tested soil that revealed the type of quality materials and expertise in use, and the aggressive commitments to match Ogun standard.

The road maintenance according to him had been adequately taken care of by OPIC Maintenance Department in form of equipment and expertise.

He revealed to the select journalists that some of the equipment and machinery currently in use at the various road re construction sites and estates actually belong to the Corporation. This is aimed at supporting the contractors to fast track the project completion.

Part of the support services is he said, is in the OPIC maintenance culture that is actually driving the provision of Trailer park for industrial trailers that must not be allowed to constitute nuisance to other road users, neighbours and the host community.

He however gave assurances that the trailer park in the nearest future would be upgraded to a world class standard with all necessary infrastructure that would further the economic position of the State

He also hinted, that the company was also building a community based housing estate close to the existing estate in Agbara.

According to him, some of the investors had told him point blank that if there were befitting housing facilities within the estate, they would be residing there since they had nothing doing in Lagos than getting accommodation.

He noted that the Amosun-led administration gave the corporation the target of making the estate attractive to investors with a view to accommodating the spiral impact of the 2014 Ogun Investors' Forum.

The housing facilities would provide opportunities for the investors to be resident in the estate and probably acquire some of them for the use of some of their workers.

Some industries had berthed in the state besides those who had expressed interest in sitting their industries in the state as soon as all necessary documentations are concluded.

Odusolu said that the estate that was being constructed by OPIC would no doubt; create an avenue for those working around the area the opportunity of accessing the houses at an affordable price'

He was however quick to add, that besides, the corporation and the management of the industries in the Estate had formed a joint security patrol team to check invasion and incursion of the Estate by bandits and miscreants.

However, the pace of development in the Estate in the last few months would tempt any observer to ask what the state government is up to.

The Special Adviser to the governor revealed that the state government was not desperate at shoring up the Internally Generate Revenue (IGR) on the axis, but rather to provide a conducive atmosphere for those that would come to live in the place.

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