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About 52 communities in Olokuta area of Abeokuta in Ogun state have decried the deteriorating condition of the major access road which recently claimed lives of a Senior Secondary School student and a pregnant woman.
PLATFORM TIMES gathered the student simply identified as Ishie Ijeomaka of Victorrotti Private School was reportedly killed on his way home last Wednesday by a truck driver who suddenly lost control.
Scores of residents in Eruwon Laloko in Olokuta, the host community of the Abeokuta Standard Gauge Train Station named after Nobel Laurette, Professor Wole Soyinka embarked on a peaceful protest on Saturday in the area to express their displeasure over the state of the road.
The residents who were armed with placards with various inscriptions, begged for urgent attention of both the Federal Government and Ogun State Government in fixing the road, so as to prevent further loss of lives.
Addressing newsmen on behalf of the 52 communities, Chairman of New Eruwon Laloko Lawure Community Development Associations, Tunji Oduleye described the Eruwon Laloko Road as death trap which requires immediate attention by government at all levels.
Oduleye noted that the road has its economic importance as the major access road to the Abeokuta Standard Gauge Train Station constructed by the Federal Government to boost transportation system and enhance business activities.
He lamented that many people had sustained various degrees of injuries causing permanent damage to their bodies arising from several crashes because of the terrible condition of the road.
Also the Chairman of the Central Community Development Association in Oba in Obafemi-Owode Local Government Area, Imam Seidu Olabode who is a member of the Senatorial and State Council of CDA, appealed to Governor Dapo Abiodun to carryout palliative measures on the road pending the construction of the road by the Federal Government.
Chairman of the Palliative Committee who doubles as the treasurer of the CDA in Eruwon Laloko Olarotimi Okeleye revealed that over N10 million has been spent on making the road motorable, saying the worst condition of the road is now beyond the community to permanently fix the road.
Similarly the pioneer Chairman of the CDA in new Eruwon Laloko, Chief Oluwaseun Akiyode and the Baale of the Community, Chief Ganiyu Abass in their separate remarks said several efforts were made to draw attention of the State Government who sent its top officials from the Works and Infrastructure Ministry and that of Public Works Agency to inspect the road and promised to rehabilitate it before suddenly making u-turn saying it is responsibility of the Federal Government because of the train station located in the area.
The road according to them, is a five minute drive to Oke-mosan state Secretariat, an alternative route to Idi-Aba, Abeokuta for Civil servants.
They added that the road links Kobape, Siun areas on the outskirts of Abeokuta, the Ogun State Capital.