In order to restore a viable system in the state, the Ogun State Government has said work is still in progress on the proposed State-owned airport project.
Commissioner for Transportation, Engr. Gbenga Dairo, who dropped the hint while defending the budget of his Ministry before the Appropriation Committee of the State House of Assembly in Oke-Mosan, Abeokuta, said the contractor handling the project, had done some preliminary work with the report ready, part of which informed the choice of location of the project.
Dairo added that the availability of the existing transportation infrastructure, with a proven demand for developmental land, as well as its proximity to the existing Muritala Muhammed International Airport in Lagos, in order to prevent interference, have been of immense benefit.
The Commissioner further stated that the Ministry has earmarked a sum of N880,507,530.41, as total expenditure for the year 2021, and currently working on the legal framework that would help in its smooth running of the transportation sector, saying the Capital expenditure would gulp up N706,957,698.35 with series of laudable programmes, policies and projects lineup in the ministry, including Rail project, the extension of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), to some border towns with Lagos State, maintenance of existing and erection of new Traffic light, among others, while Recurrent expenditure was put at N173,549,832.05 to enhance the safety of all road users.
He noted that the Ministry would collaborate with its counterpart in Lagos State, to explore opportunities, as the government is mindful of activities at the border town and the need to make proper planning, to ensure opportunities for the overall benefit of the State.
In his remarks, the Chairman, House Committee on Finance and Appropriation, Hon. Olakunle Sobunkanla charged the Ministry to find a way to reduce carnage on the road and ensure the safety of lives and property of road users, as well as guard the board and agency under its purview, to perform optimally in the year 2021 budget performance, with a promise that the State House of Assembly was ready to support the Ministry, towards improving the State transportation system.
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