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What supposed to be a thing of joy for the residents living in about 35 communities which was a stone throw to the Governor’s Office, Oke-Mosan has turned to everyday sorrow as Federal government Rail Project has brought hardship, agonies, sorrow and pains to the inhabitants of these communities.
The communities whose inhabitants are over 100,000 are living miserable lives since the kick-off of the project, because, houses, schools, farmlands, road, waters, among others have been destroyed by the rail project which supposed to be a life-saving programme to the people of the communities.
The 35 communities affected are : Akinseku Tirin, Abule-Ake , Jangede orita Bashorun, Asaka, Gbagura, Alagbayun, Abata , Isa Afoyanmo, Isa-Oladerin, Gbensere, Isa Egiya ,Sidipon ,Oke-Mosan,Jaguna, workers estate ; Agbopa ; Lupele ; AAK Degun estate and liberty.
Others are :Elefun ; Sokan ;OGHC/GRA, Olokuta ; OkeSunna ;Adu, Olaotan, Duroja ,Mile 6, ; Itoku-Ologede ;AAGBA ; Olubo ; MokoOba and Sholo
It was gathered that the trouble was caused due to the negligence and lack of human face by the contractor handling the project in the area- The China Civil Engineering Construction Company, CECC.
When our reporter visited the communities affected by the negative impact of the project, many of the inhabitants lamented hardship and expressed agonies they go through on daily basis to survive in the communities they have been living for over decades.
Our correspondent who spent over four hours in the communities observed that many of the roads in the area are not motorable, the water is not drinkable and going to school of the children have become almost impossible.
Demographically, the communities were flanked by the Governor’s office from right, left and adjacent and it houses both old and new structures as the communities can be best described as hell on earth for the inhabitants because it was almost impossible for our correspondent alongside community leaders to move around the communities.
It was also observed that many of the roads has been divided into two by the rail line which directly pass through the roads and has also led to pollution of their streams and left the residents to no option than drinking any available water or going to town which is about one hour journey to get drinkable water for daily uses.
Our correspondent learnt that many of the children have abandoned schools because it has become almost impossible for them to cross to the other side, while accidents involving motorcycles and vehicles that carry the residents either to or from their homes have become a daily routen.
It was also observed that hundreds of houses in the communities have been submerged by the gullies which were allegedly caused by the diversion of waterways by the CCECC towards those residences .
It was further observed that there are some communities that were not only destroyed by the erosion, which created a gully, but has also sent the residents out.
Although, despite the plights of the residents and the destruction of many of the communities, the project was still on going as workers can still be sighted working in different part of the rail construction.
However, findings revealed that the affected communities under the aegis of Joint Community Development Association had written series of letters to both the government and the CCECC, but, none of the letters attracted positive response from any of the parties.
In the letter signed by the Chairman ,Alhaji Adesanya Adesina and Secretary ,Oyetunji Abayomi, which was also supported by chairmen of 57 communities with their signatures, obtained by our correspondent, the communities claimed the overhead bridge at Laderin and Ori axis of railway line had been abandoned, stressing that the abandonment has made it difficult to access the communities.
They accused the construction company of negligence.
The residents also described the rail project as rail of hell which they claimed has only brought sorrow and agonies on them.
The communities in the letter written to Governor Abiodun and others , said “the trouble of our people in various communities is in increase daily as the hardship of the movement of people and goods in and out of the communities can only be imagined.
“The only drinkable stream water for this community has been destroyed , the access road leading into this community had been eroded into two making lives unbearable for the residents to access their homes”.
The communities explained that there is a need for a motorable road for them to access their communities in order to avoid accident as a result of their closeness to the Abeokuta/ Sagamu express road .
The CDA chairman of Olaotan community, Alhaji Awolaja Tunde said, “We have been having issues with them from the initial stage, when the railway people came, we went to them and told them we have our own normal route we pass.
“They now diverted the road to this area, on seeing this we told them that they have channeled the water waves to this place and it is going to affect the people living in this area and all our effort prove abortive.
“This road is not motorable, if there is heavy rain, there is no way we can pass this road. We want government to come and do the right thing, channel the water to the right place and give us bridge here so as to reduce the daily suffering we go through in passing this road”.