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With City Park, Sagamu-Abeokuta road, it’s a breath of fresh air in Ogun – The Sun Nigeria

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By Funmi Branco

The is about big ideas in governance: they make life a lot easier and a lot more livable. This is the feeling one gets while driving through the major cities of Ogun State. For starters, Gateway State travelers will have noticed a towering monument sitting at the Sagamu Interchange, Ogun City Park. There is no hyperbole deployed to describe the building as the work of a master craftsman: it is breathtakingly beautiful, a symbolic representation of the State of the Gateway representing peace and quiet. As envisioned by Governor Prince Dapo Abiodun, the Gateway City Gate offers travelers and visitors a sight to behold and a place to relax as they enter and exit Abeokuta, the state capital. It is already the focal point of all eyes. That’s actually the point: the monument was designed as a legacy structure, which would evoke the nature of the landscape and the people of Ogun, be strategically located and welcome visitors to the state.

Almost inevitably, since its inauguration by President Muhammadu Buhari in January, it has become a tourist attraction. Tourists in and out of the state flock to the interchange, basking in the sheer beauty of the iconic landmark. The aesthetics of the structure indeed make this environment conducive to relaxation, picnics and, you guessed it, cinema. Many people now visit the monument to take photos. People leave with their families to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and who can blame them?

Hear President Buhari talk about the park: “It is not just a beautification project for the park: it shows that something new is happening in Ogun State, a welcoming entrance to the state capital in the center of the state.”

According to GYB Consults Ltd, an architectural firm headed by Gbenga Onabanjo, former State Commissioner, the monument, located in the center of a roundabout 210 m in diameter allowing access to vehicles coming and going from Sagamu, Abeokuta and Sango Otta, spans a height of approximately 30m, with each base foot a footprint of approximately 4m by 6m. It tapers to a height of 27m and tapers at the tip to 1.2m by 1.2m. The outstretched arms are interconnected by the state crest, which hangs suspended in the middle with cables at a height of about 15 m. It is a two-sided logo about 3m in diameter. Standing at the center of a raised podium 32 m in diameter, the monument has a podium with a series of concentric steps on the East-West axis allowing visitors to enjoy the platform, which is adorned with a dry fountain of 24 nozzles which could later transform into a musical fountain. The north-south edges of the platform are angled towards the base. There is VIP parking on either side of the monument: general parking is on the other side of the roundabout towards the Sagamu end. If things like this are replicated in every state across the country, cities across the country will come to life in more ways than we can imagine right now.

If the Gateway City Park is magnificent, so is the 42 kilometer Sagamu Interchange-Abeokuta road, also launched by President Buhari in January. Motorists no longer have a problem driving in this corridor at night because of the lighting created by the streetlights. A motorist said, “What I now enjoy driving the Sagamu-Abeokuta road is that it’s like driving during the day. The experience is truly delightful. There are streetlights, yes, but they really work! I’ve traveled the country and know that street lights are just for decoration in many places. This one sure looks good to see.

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And another: “The fear that one had of thugs prowling around the hotspots of this road has been greatly reduced or completely eroded. You can see up to 600 meters in front of you. The electrification is well done: the lighting covers both sides of the road brilliantly. Do not mistake yourself; security threats are always possible anywhere in this country. But what I mean is that this enlightenment that you see from Sagamu to Abeokuta makes it very easy to follow up on any attempted crime. This is the kind of stuff you see driving in Europe.

But a beautiful night drive isn’t the only remarkable thing about the new road. As can easily be seen when you arrive in the Siun and Kobape areas, the nightlife and night markets have sprung up in a beautiful and strange way. Along the corridor, people now come out at night to display their wares, taking advantage of the electrification. A food vendor said: ‘In the past the money I made in a day was never more than N2000 but now that I have added the night business to my routine I am going home with at least 5,000 N per day. Night trading increased my profit margin. We thank Dapo Abiodun.

As President Buhari noted during the inauguration of the road and other projects in January, this could not have come to fruition without Governor Abiodun’s huge investment and commitment to the safety of communities. lives and property, which had made Ogun State one of the safest and most peaceful states in the country and a destination of choice for investors. The president said, “Just across the road is the 42 km Sagamu-Interchange-Abeokuta road, which the state government has rebuilt and equipped with street lights. This road benefits from a direct link with the Lagos-Ibadan highway which the federal government is in the process of rebuilding. I am particularly impressed with the quality and standard of your road projects, and the creative way in which you have deployed resources to rebuild and rehabilitate them…These roads also fit well into our rail transport master plan which connects Lagos, Nigeria’s economic capital, Kano, with Ogun State has more stations along the Lagos-Ibadan railway corridor. When state governments deliver impactful projects, in consultation with stakeholders, as we have witnessed in Ogun State, our national development trajectory will be enhanced.”

The president is right about the money. Governor Abiodun should keep the flag flying for the good of all.

• Branco sent this coin [email protected]