The chairman, Ijebu East Local Government Area of Ogun State, Hon. Wale Adedayo has revealed that his administration is partnering with the private sector for the exploration of bitumen to develop the economy of the LG.
Adedayo explained that, his administration had began discussions with investors on how to use the exploration of bitumen to deliver dividends of democracy across the length and breadth of the sunrise local government.
Adedayo dropped the hints on Friday at Ogbere the local government headquarters while holding an extensive meeting with all the transport unions across Ijebu East.
Stating further, the council chairman noted that the local government has the highest deposit of bitumen in the entire nation but remained untapped by the previous local government administrations.
“I have liased with the necessary stakeholders and investors to come and tap from the potentials abound in the bitumen available in huge quantity in our domain, which will in return be used to develop Ijebu East”.
“People in the Niger Delta are using their resources to help develop the region, so we must also use what we have to get things done. Funds are no more coming from the federal and state to local governments as expected unlike before. We must use our brains and connections to develop Ijebu East,” the chairman noted.
He also highlighted numerous developmental projects that are in the pipeline which will definitely bring succour to the people of Ijebu East such as the establishment of Lagos/Abuja motor park and particularly along the Sagamu/Benin Expressway axis of the local government area.
“All access roads leading to various farmlands or settlements in Ijebu East will be motorable to enable farm products be carried conveniently to the market places. Roads leading to residences of our community leaders like obas the baales will also be made motorable as well”.
“We should have started laying asphalt on the repair work on-going on our roads but due to consistent rainfall we have been experiencing few days ago, we have to take a break” he said.
He however seeked the support of all the transport unions on enlightening residents of the local government area on dangers accruing from illegal dumping of refuse on waterways and drainages during rainfall.
The union leaders on their parts unarguably focused their demands on how the local government would help beef-up security within the council area, as they remained the most affected people. They also sought support on how government would come to the aids of transport unions on the purchase of vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles in order to ease transportation system within the local government area and beyond while they pay back the funds for purchasing such items.