*gives reason for filling potholes in Ibadan
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Chief Operating Officer of Road Rescue Limited, Mr. Mike Adegun has commended Oyo State Government over its commitment to zero potholes in the state.
Mr Adegun in a chat with journalists while working on the potholes at the Anfani Roundabouts area of Ring Road Ibadan, pointed out that the state government through the ministry of works, infrastructure and transport under the supervision of Prof Dahud Shangodoyin, the state commissioner is taking the issue of road construction and repairs very serious.
According to Mr Adegun, Road Rescue Limited through its corporate social responsibility engagements, has worked on some major roads in Ibadan metropolis, including the General Gas Akobo to Kolapo Ishola GRA entrance, Iyaganku GRA to Ring Road bypass with spur up to Mile 110 Road, Dandaru to Vine Branch Church up to Yemetu Road.
“We came up with the cold asphalt and we went to the extent that we make it in such a way that it can be stored in sacks and it can be stored for more than two to three years and nobody has ever done this before in this country. The cold asphalt can be used at any moment any season of the year be it during the rain or dry season”, he said.
Mr Adegun added, ” we are working during the rain, we are not disturbed by it, we’ve currently succeeded in two concepts, we’ve come up with cold asphalt and two we’ve been able to bag it in 25kg sacks which will make it very easier for people to use and that initiative is new in Nigeria.”
He maintained that the Oyo State Commissioner for Works, Infrastructure and Transport ” is committed to actualizing the determination of Governor Seyi Makinde, which has resulted in engaging an indigenous company like us to repair some roads for free through our Corporate Social Responsibility to the state”.
Speaking further, Adegun stated ” it is the responsibility of Oyo State Roads and Management Agency, (OYSROMA) to fix the potholes on our roads but when I spoke with the Chairman of the agency about this latest and less cumbersome idea of do it yourself cold mix asphalt, he was surprised and pledged his support and also promised to inspect what we are doing here today.”
“It is usual and quite understanding for us that road maintenance projects during the raining season used to slow down because hot asphalt has limitations during the rain, while this cold mix asphalt provides an all season solution.With this newly packaged cold asphalt you can easily buy two bags and take it to fill the potholes in front of your house, we don’t need to wait for government to do all things for us, association can buy up to 20 bags or even landlords association can buy as many bags as they need to fill potholes in their area.
” Instead of waiting for government, society and corporate organizations can key into this too, we made it so easy that it will be readily accessible for people to use.Secondly this will help us to engage those youths in our areas that are already filling the potholes with gutter sand and beg for money from the motorists that are passing by, if the local government authority can buy some bags and give it to them and let them start making use of it in filling the potholes in their local government areas, what this means is that these set of youths have been meaningfully engaged and it will surely reduce the crime rate in our society because they could have joined their colleagues in crimes but they choose not to do so.”
He pointed out that Road Rescue is ” currently engaging some of those youths with this project and that is also part of our commitment in reducing the crime rates in our society, it is proven fact that most youths engage in crime as a result of idleness. We must support these younger and vibrant set of people through proper engagements. “