- Some residents of Ogun state have asked Governor Dapo Abiodun to fix some bad roads in the state
- The roads leading to Akute and Lambe have been in a bad state for some years now
- Former governor of the state, Ibikunle Amosun started the rehabilitation of the roads before he later abandoned them
Residents including motorcyclists, motorists and passengers plying the Alagboole, Akute, Ajuwon, Lambe, Matogun and Ijeja areas of Ogun state have lamented the deplorable and sorry states of the roads in the axes.
The residents begged the state government led by Governor Dapo Abiodun to as a matter of urgency fix the roads which have become serious threats to their lives.
Legit.ng's regional reporter, Ibrahim Akinola, who conducted an investigation on the plight encountered by the residents and the users of the roads on a daily basis, reports that many people expressed their displeasure over the neglect of the roads by the governments of the former Governor Ibikunle Amosun and the present Governor Dapo Abiodun.
A resident of Lambe inside, Saheed Akinola, a lawyer, while lamenting the worrisome state of the roads in the area, charged the state government to fix the roads without further delay.
"I have toured practically every nook and cranny of the southwest, these are the worst of the roads you can find. You cannot find a road like any of these in any part of Osun, Oyo, Ekiti or Ondo state, even in their villages.
"Despite the fact that none of these states can match the Ogun state in terms of Internally Generated Revenue (IGR) or gross domestic product ( GDP). Of course, Ogun is the richest of them, yet, it has the most deplorable roads.
"All I need to say is to charge the state government to wake up to it's duty and do the needful. People are surffering. You see, I have a car, yet I can't take it out. This is the dry season, everywhere is dusty. If you walk just some metres distance, you will be drenched in unsolicited "powder". Look down the street, you see all the shops and houses along the road deserted because they have already been baked with thick dust particles."
The lawyer further stated:
"If you come here during the rainy season, make sure you come with a canoe. You will see cars swimming in the pool of self-inflicted oceans, bikes wallowing in unending manoeuvering with residents struggling to cope with avoidable reality typical of a state with irresponsible leaders."
Another resident of the area, Sola Adejumo said:
"Is it not worrisome that the only state in the southwest that can compete with Lagos in terms of industrialization has the worst of roads? Look at what Ibikunle Amosun did at the twilight of his tenure.
"He embarked on numerous road projects just for the jamboree. He demolished several houses and shops all in the name of road projects that would take an eternity to be completed. Many owners of those structures could not survive the agony and trauma of their lost properties.
"I call on the present government to come to our rescue on time. During the rainy season, we swim on the roads while during the dry season, we struggle with throat and chest related ailments due to daily dust particles we inhale."
While giving an insight into their daily struggles and challenges, Kelechi John, an Okada rider said:
"It has always been very uneasy for us here. As if we don't have a government in place. It seems we are completely cut off from the entire world civilization.
"Look at all of us here, do we really look like decent human beings? Everyone soaked with dust and mud from head to toe. Unfortunately, this is the sad reality we have to contend with every day to at least get daily bread.
"Many of us got these bikes on hire purchase, but it is difficult to complete the payment on time because of the bad nature of the roads. The life span and efficiency of the bikes have been greatly affected coupled with incessant injuries people sustain here on daily basis.
"I appeal to the present Governor, Dapo Abiodun, to please as urgently as possible attend to all these abandoned road projects by the previous government."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that residents of Okwu-Uratta autonomous community in Owerri North local government area of Imo state cried out over the poor state of major roads linking the community to other parts of the state.
It was reported that they lamented that landslide has eaten up the road as a result of splash erosion being worsened by the rainy season.
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