Governor Akinwunmi Ambode is surely succeeding excellently in task of improving the infra-structural stature of Lagos State in all ramifications of social well-being. These accomplishments have latent implications on the socio-economic realities of neighboring states. The focus of this write-up is Ogun State, so Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road Improvement Project, Pen Cinema Over-head Bridge and Fagba Over-head Bridge on Iju Road are of particular attention. However, the thrust for this write-up is to underscore the advantages, the importance and the essence of the Developmental Agenda for Western Nigeria.
Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road Improvement Project features expansion of the road and construction of Overhead bridge at Abule-Egba and multiple Overhead Pedestrian bridges at major points till the Sango Toll Gate. These arrays of capital projects will ease vehicular flow on this Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road but this spate of development is not being equally matched at the Ogun State end even though the traffic flow into Ogun State resulting from this Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road Improvement Project is expected to increase in velocity and quantum.
As things stand now, Sango Otta Road, Sango-Ijoko Road and Sango-Ifo Road that will receive the traffic flow from Lagos-Abeokuta Express Road are in deplorable states and require urgent attention to prevent the latent counter—productive implications of the obvious disparities.
Similar narrative is applicable to the Pen Cinema Over-head Bridge and Fagba Over-head Bridge on Iju Road as these two projects will enhance vehicular flow to Ishaga which is the in-route to Ogun State via Agbado Crossing and Akute respectively. Olusegun Oshoba Road and Giwa Oke Aro Road do not have capacity to receive the expected vehicular inflow from Pen Cinema Over-head Bridge and Fagba Over-head Bridge on Iju Road.
The developmental disparity is not unconnected to the huge financial resource differential between Lagos State and Ogun State in the collective interest of the peoples of these States, it is necessary for the governments of the two States to evolve a peer-review mechanism that will aim to instrument infrastructural development supportive collaboration and this is very feasible in the light of the fact that the two States have same political party at the helms of affairs . This will engender broad based regional development as projected Development Agenda for Western Nigeria (DAWN) which will slow down the traditional high propensity Lagos Drift.
The phenomena of developmental disparity cuts across all axis where Lagos State borders Ogun state and not peculiar the axis discussed in this write-up so the panacea afore prescribed may be pliable for other bordering axis.