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Ogun communities seek Abiodun’s intervention over access road

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Prince Dapo Abiodun of Ogun state. Photo/Twitter/dabiodunMFR

Bewildered by years of neglect, residents, property owners at Ijere-Elelede, Wasimi, Kara-Nla, Tolotolo, Magbon and other surrounding communities in Obafemi-Owode Local Council in Ogun State have appealed for Governor Dapo Abiodun’s intervention over the deplorable state of their access road.

The road, which connects Magbon River, a renowned sand excavation site crisscrossing eight communities to the Lagos-Ibadan expressway, has over the years become a nightmare for residents. Road users are perturbed that such an important road has been left to remain in such deplorable state in spite of its economic benefits to Ogun and neighbouring Lagos State.

Apart from several communal efforts, which are often not well supervised, there is no single presence of governance on the road, despite the large volume of vehicular movements, especially tippers and heavy-duty vehicles, which ply the road to the excavation site at Magbon.

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A resident, Mrs. Patricia Edet , who recalled the ugly scene of a pupil that fell off a commercial motorcycle into the mud last year, appealed to the governor to come to their aid to avert a reoccurrence. Mrs. Edet, who works at Lagos from her house in Wasimi, wondered why the communities are abandoned as outcasts.

According to her, with the rains, children, whose school bus could no longer ply the road are forced to use commercial motorcycles leading to grievous injuries when the bikes fall. Most of the riders are from the north and the rate of accidents is so high.

Also sharing her grief, another resident, simply known as Iya Biriki, whose vehicle broke down inside the muddy water at Iroko, urged the governor to intervene as all efforts made to get the attention of the last administration failed.

The Iroko spot, she said has remained a nightmare for residents and motorists because many school children and adults have seen their uniform and office clothes drenched in the mud as commercial motorcyclists wade through the mess of muddy water.

Also, an official of one of the Community Development Associations (CDAs) who pleaded for anonymity, said the CDAs had in the past spent millions of naira on the road but the efforts were futile owing to poor coordination, large volume of vehicles going to the excavation site and the texture of the soil.

He called on the new administration not to forget the communities who voted for him by visiting the area for on spot assessment.

According to him, putting the road in order would not only give the residents and property owners sense of belonging but also boost the state’s revenue drive through the dredging at Magbon river.


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