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Traders, residents and students of Moshood Abiola Polytechnic,Abeokuta, a state Polytechnic in Ogun State, have lamented the abandoned MAPOLY bad road, saying it has been under construction for the past 15 years.
The road, leading to the school, which is also a sate road, was formerly known as the Old Owode road.
A resident, Toheeb Odemuyiwa, who has lived for over 40 years in the area has confirmed that the last time the road was repaired was during Osoba’s time, and since then, it has been the same.
Meanwhile, he said the former governor of the state, Sen. Ibikunle Amosun, worked on the road to some point but later abandoned it, and he never completed it till he left office.
He said, “We can’t prevent accident from occuring on this road, many accidents, bike man colliding with each others and a school bus hitting a car, and so on.”
Another resident, Adetiloye Babatunde Gabriel, who has lived for more than 15 years also lamented on the bad road, saying for the past 15 years he had lived in the area, the road has been the same.
He also confirmed the occurrence of accident on the road almost every day, and how the road affects businesses, on a daily basis.
He said, “If there’s no good road, it affects business, customers that are supposed to patronize us are finding it difficult to move easily on the road, so therefore, we don’t make sales anymore compared to before.
A business woman, Mrs Owolabi, who sells provision in her shop besides the road lamented how the road affects her business both in raining season or dry season.
Owolabi said, “I have been working here for the past 3 years, the road is affecting us in many ways, first is dust, and when it rains, the road gets worse that we won’t be able to pass or walk on the road.
“We can’t wear good clothes because of the road, the road is not good, and moreover, this is the road that leads to the great MAPOLY, Ogun State government should look for a fast solution.”
According to Opeyemi, an Hnd 2 mass communication student of the institution, she has spent seven years in the institution and it has been a tough time using the road throughout the years.
She said, “ the stress the road gives to students is enough for us to protest, we are always been delayed on the road, not getting to school in time, accident here and there, the government should help restructure it as soon as possible.”
Also, an Nd 2 student of mass communication department, Olatunji Moses, also lamented the delay and stress the road causes.
He said, “ Early in the morning when I wake up, without even eating, hoping to meet classes, the road delays me, and the road causes damages on my body, the road is very bad, I never expected this, the road needs repair. I implore the school to write to the government on the road.”
However, the institution’s Public Relations Officer, Yemi Ajibola, when contacted to get his views and efforts the school has made so far concerning the bad road, said, the road is the responsibility of the government and not the school’s.
Ajibola said, “It is the state government’s road not Mapoly’s, we don’t construct road”, stressing that, the school had made some contributions to the repair of the road in the past.
He said, “ the school is not sleeping, we have been talking to the state government to see how the road can be repaired, then, the government said it would repair it.
“Last year we did the repair of that road, I am the person that organized tippers to bring 20 lorry loads of sand and i went to Abeokuta north local government area to hire grader to commence work on the road.
“Then, I told the school’s Student Union Government to talk to the Ogun state ministry of work, probably we could get grader but we got no response, we were not given, so the school management took out money from its pocket, we paid to Abeokuta north local government because they said they cannot give us grader, as they are also in need of money.
“We paid for the use of the grader. Unfortunately when we were repairing it, it started raining, so we stopped, and the following day, we returned to complete it.”
He however made it known that the school didn’t ask the government to refund the money, as he said, “we used it to make lives better for the students and for people coming to the Polytechnic, and also, for the stakeholders.”
In the same vein, the Institution’s immediate past Student Union Government President, Comrade Babatunde Abdulganiu, has said the state government assured him of making repair on the road soon, but how soon is what is he doesn’t know.
Babatunde said, “When I came in as the SUG President, my first assignment was that of the road, I paid visit to Ministry of Work and also Ministry of Transportation which I met the Hon. commissioner of Transportation in Ogun state, we were told the road has been penned down by the current Government and will be fixed soon, how soon is what we don’t know.”
In the same vein, he said the current government doesn’t deserve to be given any credit as regards the state of the road, as the road has been in the same position for a very long time.
He however said, he receives complaints from students concerning the road on a daily basis, especially from students that has ride.
He therefore urged the government to fulfill its promise concerning the road, “as we hope the government will repair the road as they have always promised