Under 16 National Sports Fiesta: Foreign, Local Sporting Gurus, Others Expresses Worries On Slow Pace Of Olorunsogo – Akanran Road


By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan

Foreign and local sporting gurus have called for timely completion of the dualised ongoing Olorunsogo-Akanran road leading to the Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort in Ibadan.

The sporting gurus who were in Ibadan for the Ilaji Under-16 National Football Tournament put together by the Youth Sports Federation Of Nigeria (YSFON) and sponsored by the Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort lamented the slow pace of the dualised road.

It was gathered that participants in  in the just concluded month-long tournament sponsored by Ibadan-born sports enthusiast, business mongul and owner of globally-renowned Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort, Engr Dotun Sanusi faced harrowing experience connecting Ilaji Hotels and Sports Resort from the Olorunsogo end of the Lagos-Ibadan expressway.

A foreigner, Coach Benson Carlton who was at the venue to scout for talented footballers, while praising organisers of the tournament lamented the terrible experience he and his team faced while connecting the widely-acclaimed best sporting resort in Nigeria.

The foreign sporting gurus who graced the grand finale of the under 16 tournament stressed that the road from the expressway though under construction, ought to have been in place long before now.

” We have seen great soccer artistry and talents are indeed abound in Nigeria. The owner of this resort, Engr Dotun Sanusi has done a great job for Nigeria, reputed as the most populous black nation of the world”,, he said. 

Carlton added, ” Both the Federal and state governments need to site more institutions around here for the people to utilize this multibillion Naira facility.

“I was told the state governor, Mr. Seyi Makinde awarded the road and planned extension of same carriage way to this resort. That’s commendable but the contractor should fastrack the road for ease of movement of tourists like me and others who would always come visiting to have a feel of this gangatuan sports complex”.

Speaking, a Nigerian Coach, Moses Adamu appreciated the competing States and the youths that participated for their spirit of sportsmanship in virtually all the competitions, saying Nigerian young lads have come of age.

Coach Adamu tasked the Federal Government through the Minister of Sports to ensure regular patronage of Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort for the investment by this great Nigerian, Chief Dotun Sanusi to be utilized for the promotion and development of our grassroot sports.

A community leader in Ona Ara, Chief Abolade Ogunsina on his part lauded Gov Makinde  for taking action to reconstruct, dualise and expand the length of the road to  Ilaji Hotel and Sports Resort.

Also, One of the residents of Olorunsogo who spoke on the sideline to sports writers, Gbenga Olayiwola said the people living on the road are the worst hit by the slow pace of works by the contractor.

According to Ogunsina, “our experience on this road everyday is unpalatable. Works are ongoing but very slow because we have a number of construction workers who are very experienced as residents and they have at various times condemned the situation we are in.

“Each time His Excellency pays visit to the site, we always notice that the contractor usually speed up the construction works but as soon as the Governor leaves, what we usually observe is slow pace almost at a very low ebb,” Ogunsina alleged the contractor of not doing enough to deliver the road on schedule.


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