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What supposed to be a project that would develop Sango, Ijoko, Agbado to Ojodu area in Ifo Local government area of Ogun state has turned out to be the source of agonies, sorrows and regrets for many residents living in the axis over the poor state of the road which has become an abandoned project.
About six years ago, precisely September 30, 2013, the immediate past governor of Ogun state, Senator Ibikunle Amosun begin the demolition and expansion of the 32km Sango-Ijoko-Agbado-Ojodu.
The government had awarded the contract of the road to Messrs Prado E. Mercedos, a Brazilian firm.
When bulldozers and excavators roared in the neighbourhood to begin the dismantling of structures to make way for the expansion of the road, the people were seen rejoicing as they welcomed the development with joy.
The people believed that the expansion is a massive project that is capable of not only opening up the area for commercial activities, but will engender rapid development of Ogun State.
However, a visit to the road six years after construction has begun; PLATFORM TIMES observed that the state of the road is now worse than the way it was before the governor started the expansion.
Our reporter who visited almost every part of the road which include: Sango-Ota, Ijoko, Lemode, Ogba-Ayo, Olambe, Akeredolu, Peters, Adiyan, Opeilu, Akute, Itoki, Giwa, Ajuwon, Gideon, Abule-Ekun, Ibaragun, Sabo, Alagbole, Idi-Orogbo, Fabolude, Matogun, Adiyan-Alausa, Otun, Oke-Aro, Egon, Arinfanla, Osere, Ojodu-Abiodun, Denro, Agbado, Gasline, Owo-Yele, Idi-Obi, Idi-Iroko, Jafa, Olaogun, Rafco, among others observed that many portions of the road have been taken over by stagnant water.
It was also observed that the demolished shops, residential buildings, churches, mosques, filling stations and shanties in many of the road were still the way it was as nothing significant has been done on the road expansion.
Although, on several occasions, Amosun has insisted that he would complete the road which is the artery into the border communities and Berger on the Lagos/Ibadan expressway, but it came as a surprise that the former governor could not fulfill his promise for the people of the axis.
When PLATFORM TIMES visited the affected communities by the bad shape of the road, it was gathered that the road has turned to burden and agony for the people residing in the area.
It was further gathered that the over 20 border communities on the axis are currently reeling in pains as the road is no more motorable and has made residents who built houses in the affected areas to be reportedly going through daily agonies while paving the road.
PLATFORM TIMES reporter who took a bike from Sango to Ojodu where the expansion was supposed to end observed that while some part were partially completed, some were totally abandoned.
It was also observed that the road which has eight bridges cannot boast of one bridge that has been completed as many of the bridges were abandoned half done.
PLATFORM TIMES further observed that there are many portions of the road that is not motorable at all which has led to abandon of the road totally between Ijoko and Agbado.
Residents and motorist who spoke with PLATFORM TIMES, claimed that the uncompleted road project had brought them untold hardships.
When asked if politicians always come to campaign in the area, the residents told our reporter that almost every political parties came to campaign in different part of the areas during the last election.
They added that both the immediate past governor and present governor came to solicit their support in winning the election.
When our reporter meet with some motorists that pave Ijoko to Agbado road, they claimed they are taking another route because there is no way vehicle or motorcycle can move in some areas that have been taking over by stagnant waters and erosion.
A motorist identified as Micheal Akinwale said, “This road is worse than what it used to be then.
“We cannot even pass some areas between Ijoko and Agbado because the road is not motorable. Water has taken over those places and trailers are even avoiding those places.
“We want the federal government to come to our aide, this pain is becoming unbearable”.
A resident identified as Elizabeth Clement said the erosion that has take over an abandoned part has sent them out of their home.
Clement maintained that erosion has also take over their home which has made them homeless.
She said, “We regretted voting Amosun in this area. I have been living here since 1999 and we did not have any flood issue until Amosun came to demolish this place for expansion.
“We have not see any expansion in the last six years, the road has been abandoned and flood has taken over our home.
“We are now homeless, we cannot stay here again and we don’t have anywhere to go. If not for our friends that we always sleep at their homes.
“We are tired of life, federal government should take over their projects and construct this road, we cannot bear this pains again”.
Speaking with Elder Raphel Awe, the chairman of Orudu Community Development Council which comprises of 30 communities, said all efforts by the community to get the road completed prove abortive.
He added, “the road has become worse and unbearable. It is no longer motorable and we spent a lot everyday just to get transportation.
“When rain falls, it becomes difficult for us to pave the road, the community association has spent a lot to ensure we can still pave the road, but, it seems it is beyond what we can do.
“Some of us that have car are left with the option of either leaving the car in the town or leaving it at home, because the money we spent on repairing our cars is becoming unbearable.
“We are calling on the government to come to our aid and assist us, they should first help in completing this Agbado-Ojodu road and after that they should look for a way they can make the other roads within the area motorable for users.”