Have you travelled on the Lagos-Ota road to Abeokuta before? It is one of the very terrible roads in south-west Nigeria.

Nigerians are always of the opinion that if those in governance want to know what the people they are governing are feeling they should live like them. 


Now, the Senate President, Godswill Akpabio has had a taste of an aspect of the suffering Nigerians are going through. He has a different understanding now.

Senate President, Godswill Akpabio

The Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta road is in a deplorable state and Senator Akpabio decided to use that road.


After the experience, he recounted how he was stuck in traffic for over two hours.

He was on his way to the 2023 Yewa Cultural Festival held in Ilaro, Ogun State.


Akpabio shared his concern while speaking at the grand finale of the festival on Saturday.

The Senate president was accompanied by 70 senators to the event.

He said he insisted on driving to the venue for him to have first-hand experience of what people go through on the road every day.

He added that it took his team more than two hours to drive to Ilaro from Lagos.


Experiencing The Pain

To Akpabio, the Senate will give the necessary support to the Ogun State Government on the reconstruction of the road and other deplorable federal roads in the state.

He said: “When I was coming, I decided to pass through the Lagos-Abeokuta, Papalanto-Ilaro road to experience the pain you people are facing on the road.


“I spent about two hours in traffic along Papalanto-Ilaro road because two tankers fell on the road. Really, I sympathise with you. I went through what you people are passing through on a daily basis.

The Support

“I am giving Governor Abiodun the Senate support in rehabilitation of these important roads.

“I was determined to go through the road that you go through. Now, I have seen what you have been seeing. From today, I prophesy that your roads are done.

“Yewaland has the greatest number of industries that (any) local government can ever have in Nigeria, just five local governments.

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“Therefore, we recognise the need to use the best set of contractors to do your roads because of the wear and tear.

“I assure you that we will be working with our brother, Dapo Abiodun. Your lives will not be the same again.

The List

“The 10th Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is going to get the list of things you want us to do here”.

Akpabio was conferred with the chieftaincy title of ‘Fiwagboye’ of Yewaland by the Yewa Traditional Council.

While addressing the crowd after accepting the title, he called on youths in Yewaland and the state to stay off drugs and other fraudulent activities.

Furthermore, he assured them that their lives would be better when they stayed clean.

On his part, Governor Dapo Abiodun pleaded with the Senate to prevail on the Federal Government to transfer the reconstruction of the Lagos-Ota-Abeokuta Road to the state.

To him, it is important to the socio-economic development of the state.


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