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Oyo, Ogun residents protest govt failure to dualise Ibadan-Abeokuta road

Residents of Omi Adio area of Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, and Orile-Ilugun, Odeda in Ogun State, yesterday protested the failure of the Federal Government to dualise the busy Ibadan- Abeokuta Expressway.

They urged the government to begin the dualisation to check the high rate of accidents on the highway.

The protesters said the Ibadan-Abeokuta Expressway, being one of the oldest in the country, is overdue for dualisation.

The Ibadan-Abeokuta highway contract was awarded by the Federal Government in 2010 to an indigenous construction firm, KOPEK Construction Company, to repair the 78-kilometre single-lane expressway for N4 billion.

The protesters, who said the government that awarded the contract in 2010 short-changed the residents, added that what was on paper was dualisation and not rehabilitation.

Though the current rehabilitation work was halted for some years due to the over N1 billion debt the government allegedly owed the construction firm, it was gathered that work resumed recently following assurances that the debt would be paid in due course.

The placard-carrying protesters also had a letter addressed to the Minister of Works, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, to show their grievances.

They listed several cases of road accidents and the number of lives that had been lost on the expressway.

A community leader at Orile-Ilugun, Pa Isreal Tanimola, expressed sadness on the alleged insensitivity of the government to the plight of the people.

The elderly man noted that the highway should be given priority due to its socio-economic importance.

He said: “I was disturbed when I learnt that it was rehabilitation work that the government asked the contractor to carry out, instead of full dualisation. That is why we said the people here in Yoruba land were being short-changed in many things that rightly belong to us. And here we are saying such things must stop.

“We are calling on Mr Fashola to look into this unjust treatment with a view to reversing it without delay. The Ibadan-Abeokuta highway is not asking for rehabilitation. What the expressway needs is full dualisation. Enough of cheating…”

The Managing Director of Kopek Construction Company, Mr F. Issam, urged the people to see the road’s structural design in a different light.

According to him, the engineering design and components of the highway have nothing to do with the accidents on the highway.

Issam noted that though the current rehabilitation had reached 75 per cent, the solution to accidents was to dualise the highway.

The company chief said the road’s narrowness, being a one-lane highway, contribute to the many accidents on it.





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