By Daud Olatunji
Except Ogun State governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun comes to the aide of both the residents and business owners in the state, they would continue to groan over the bad roads that litter the State. Vanguard gathered that, the governor had boasted to make the State an eldorado by fixing most of the roads in the state, but, the cash crunch bedeviling the State crippled the plan.
Amosun who had demolished some houses and shops for the expansion of some of the roads was financially incapacitated due to the dwindling fund from the federal allocation. As a result of this, most of the roads which were half done had become impassable for vehicles across the state.
For instance, Ajebo-Idi-Aba road, Lafenwa-Ayetoro road, Oru-Isara, Ago-Iwoye-Ijesha-Ijebu-Irolu-Remo road, Lafenwa-Adedotun-Ita-Aka road, Adatan-Ake road, Abeokuat-Alabata road and Olokemeji-Orile-Ilugun road, Others are ; Atan-Ota/ Lusada juncture and Igbesa, Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State, Mokola-Ilugun road, Siun-Owode-Ofada-More road among others were in terrible position.
Residents and Shop owners have cried out over the threat to their businesses and life due to bad roads. Most of the commuters and drivers plying the roads said the state of the roads was threatening their economy and their lives and therefore appealed to the governor not to hesitate to do the needful on the roads.
A visit to Atan-Ota/ Lusada juncture and Igbesa, Ado-Odo/Ota local government area of Ogun State,revealed that the roads, incidentally are the ones leading to and fro Agbara industrial estate, where most of the blue chip, multinationals and small and medium businesses are located.
The level of the deterioration of the roads has forced most motorists to abandon their cars and either taking motorcycles or cabs to their offices and other places. Some of them who spoke to our correspondent lamented their ordeal over the bad roads, appealing to governments at all levels to consider their plight.
A motorist ,Alade Taiwo said the appeal became necessary “to prevent loss of lives, property as well as businesses to the bad roads.” Also, Tajudeen Alowonle who is a welder told our correspondent that most small and medium businesses have packed up as a result of the road situation.
Mrs. Waliat Olaleye, who runs a cold room at the Lusada juncture along Agbara/Atan said often times, trucks bringing frozen foods tumble, emptying their contents. Olaleye, who said she graduated in Accounting from the Lagos State University, recalled that she had always nursed the ambition to be self-employed “even when I was in school”
Along the roads, no fewer than four filling stations have closed shops as students of the ICT institute of Technology, Igbesa, board motorcycles from Lusada juncture for N200 per person. Residents and business owners are sighted in “rain boots”, which they interchange with their normal shoes on and off the muddy barely passable roads.
A commercial motorcyclist, who took our correspondent on the inspection of some roads said the only alternative road to Agbara was to come by boat through Lagos. Commercial bus owners have abandoned the roads, leaving the shuttling business for the few Okada riders.
Companies along the Lusada-Igbesa road include Viju factory, Ogun Guandong Free Trade Zone, housing many factories, among others. Meanwhile, residents and workers as well as motorists have begged Amosun to repair Idi-Aba-Ajebo road which had become almost impassable.
When our correspondent visited the road that leads to Ogun State Television , most people who spoke on the road pleaded anonymity because they are civil servants. They said their cars developed fault on daily basis. The road which was undergoing expansion seems abandoned due to the paucity of fund and had worsen the State of the road from its earlier status.
A visit to Lafenwa-Ayetoro road showed many vehicles were knocked down as a result of the failed portions of the road. It was gathered that those who live at the area lamented that commercial cabs have refused to ply the roads while the few ones operating charged exorbitant fees.
Also, on Lafenwa-Ita-Aka-Adatan road, motorists have abandoned the roads due to the impassable state of the road. Most of the roads in the state which were undergoing expansion have been deserted by contractors as a result of paucity fund and have become impassable. Vanguard gathered the governor was making frantic efforts to ensure that those roads were fixed and made passable.