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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora and the lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Hon Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has alerted that Olomi/Olojuoro and Liberty Academy roads in Oyo State are now death traps
Hon Akande – Sadipe raised the alarm in Ibadan after a meeting with the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, (SAN) at his office over the deplorable condition of the two roads in Oyo State.
Emphasizing the need for the immediate rehabilitation of the roads, the lawmaker pointed out that she had fruitful deliberations with the Minister, and that priority attention ought to be given to such roads which shared borders with Ogun state, in order to save it from the present deplorable state.
The lawmaker while expressing worries on the slow pace of work on the federal roads within Oluyole Federal Constituency, said, ” Olomi road has now become a death trap, where lives are lost on a daily basis, business activities and wellbeing of residents are negatively affected”.
Stressing that despite several interventions made by her in the past, the Federal roads through her constituency have not seen any significant improvement, Hon Akande – Sadipe said the roads, when rehabilitated, will not only boost the economic fortune of the residents of the areas, but would lead to drastic reduction in serial auto crashes that have claimed people’s lives.
The lawmaker noted that she has visited the sites three times with the major stakeholders of the federal government including the Public Complaint commission and representatives of the Ministry of Works.
“After back-to-back intervention and calling out of contractors, we haven’t seen any improvement as inaction continues to add to the sufferings of my people.This road, I mean Olomi – Olojuoro road has been listed in the budget every year as far back as 2018, but up until this moment, we cannot continue to bear the suffering, we need an urgent intervention”, she said.
Hon Akande – Sadipe added, ” We also have five other roads under the purview of the Ministry that has been listed in the 2022 budget, but we haven’t felt the impact of these inclusion in our communities”
” Economic activities are being halted on Olomi road and several constituents are on the verge of relocation from their personal homes due to the condition of the road, this road should be a blessing as it borders Ogun State and has the potential to boost economic activities of both states.”
The Minister of Works, Mr Fashola while speaking during the lawmaker’s visit to his office promised to expedite the process and immediately requested for an investigation and prompt action on the road, saying, the Federal Government has not reneged on its resolve to reduce the commuter’s plight through massive road rehabilitation in the state.