Road Construction; means of economic development

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Gbemisola Akanbi
The presence of road construction on various roads across the State is a renewed hope to the citizens of Ogun state especially the optimists, who has been following the developmental trend of the Senator Ibikunle Amosun Administration and a surprise to the pessimist,who have wondered ‘where will the fund come from?’ While many states of the federation battles with payment of salaries of staff, Ogun state Government has continued to pay its worker’s salaries as and when due without leaving other developmental projects unattended to.
The on-going ‘Ogun standard’ road construction work witnessed across the three senatorial districts of the state which has the ability to further transform the state into an industrial hub is worth mentioning. The planning of any major transportation network should be preceded by economic calculations of the benefits to be derived from it. These benefits could either be direct, to the road users, or indirect, the economic value it will add. The massive springing up of industries inthe State confirms that, road construction is a need in the present Ogun state and not a want using the basic secondary school knowledge of economics.
The question that I couldn’t stop asking myself after my last visit to the State early this year is ‘When will our people understand the difference between needs and wants in setting priority?. Basic fundamental understanding of economics during the secondary school days is enough to help a lame man differentiate between his needs and his wants.For any Nation, Country, State or community to thrive, the transportation network in such an environmentmust be that which encourages free Lafenwa-Ayetoro road, Sango-Ijoko road, Ilishan-Ago-Iwoye road bridge, Atan-Agbara road, Ilo-Awela road, Magboro township road among others.
There wouldn’t have been a better time to give priority to projects that could help attract investors into the state with the purpose of increasing its Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) than now. Apart from shaping the environment and giving it a good new look, good road system has the capacity to shape the development of the state. Little then will one wonder why it is referred to as the bedrock of any economy. For this and many other developmental projects embarked upon by the State Government, I say Kudos to the Senator IbikunleAmosun led Government.

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