Amidst public outcry by indigenes and residents of Igbesa/Ejila Awori and other communities in Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun state, the state government has cautioned Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone to not lobby the state government to circumvent Captain Davies road during the road construction.
In a letter released and signed by Engr. Yusuf L.O on behalf of the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to the President of Ejila Awori Youth Forum, the management of Guangdong Free Trade zone in Igbesa has been communicated not to divert and close down the Captain Davies road in Ejila Awori.
“I am directed inform you that the management of Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone has been communicated not to divert and close down the Captain Davies road in Ejila Awori”. The letter reads in part.
VOA News correspondent gathered that the management of Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone are currently lobbying the state government to divert the road construction of Captain Davies road in that, if constructed, will divide and encroach the land which some families in Ejila Awori community had sold to the Chinese. The land, as gathered is an existing road which has been penned down for the construction of Captain Davies road.
Recall that Honourable representing Ado-Odo/Ota Federal constituency, Hon. jimoh Olusola Ojugbele had earlier written to the management of Nigeria Export Processing Zones Authority (NEPZA), advising them to ‘look beyond land incursion and other peculiarity considerations and be more far-sighted for the sake of peace and security of lives and properties in the community’.
In a similar twist, the Onikogbo of Ikogbo, HRM Oba (Engr.) Nurudeen O. Osoja in a letter written to the Governor of Ogun state, Prince Dapo Abiodun and obtained by VOA News correspondent to distance himself from the ‘purported calls by some unknown elders of the town who are allegedly throwing their weights around the management of Ogun Guangdong.
“Sir, we heard from the grapevine, it has though become an open secret, the clandestine, albeit, selfish calls and moves by the Management of the Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone to persuade your administration to divert the 4.5km of the road earlier officially approved. They claim that some elders (unknown) are in support of this call for diversion.
Your Excellency Sir, I personally and on behalf of the entire people of Ejila-Awori, use this medium to lend my voice to disassociate ourselves from such call for diversion of the road”.
Oba Osoja stated that ‘such calls can never be for the interest of the greatest number of the people of Ejila-Awori but for some sectional, self-interest of the said Management for their economic gains at the expense of deprivation of dividend of democracy to our people at this crucial time’.
He further urged the Governor to discountenance the ‘selfish call for the said road diversion and deliver the 4.5km road as approved without any diversion’.
Onikogbo’s letter was written to buttress a letter which was earlier written by some organized youths in the community. A move which has made the state government to caution the management of Ogun Guangdong Free Trade Zone to desist from further lobbying the state government to divert the road construction in their favour.