COMMUNITY leaders under the aegis of Awotan Landlords Association in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital on Thursday commenced the rehabilitation of the dilapidated portion of Apete- Akufo road, housed by Ido Local Government that has been abandoned for many years.
The road, linking Akufo lies in a pitiable condition, rendering inconvenience to commuters and other road users. At many times, vehicles get stuck on it, while visible potholes add to the woes of commuters, thus remains a nightmare for residents.
While the road is also one of the busiest roads in the town accommodating commercial stores, offices, coaching centers, shopping malls, hotels among others, the long stretch of the road has been broken.
Further checks revealed that the road, which incited pity became worsen after it was ravaged by the August 26, 2011 flood, which was regarded as a replica of the renowned ‘Omiyale’.
Meanwhile, the state government had earlier completed the construction of Ijokodo-Apete road including bridges which were also affected by the flood.
According to a resident who confided in Mega Icon Magazine, “we have recorded several accidents with high degree of injuries on this road. In fact, some weeks ago , a woman nearly gave birth in front of the gas station here, the health centre staff came to her rescue after she fell from motorcycle”.
Also, the President, Awotan Central Landlord Association, Mr Fabayo submitted, ” several appeals were made to the government to extend the construction of Apete-Ijokodo road to Akufo or repair the damaged portion of the road but no positive response up till this moment”.
“The road is important to us in this community, business activities is being affected , many people are afraid of even coming to Apete with their cars, even riding motorcycle to your destinations is risky on the road, it is on this note that we resolve to self help
” We have started with the little money we have in the community’s account, and very soon we will start tasking ourselves, it is a collective responsibility, we will do it together and I am very sure people will corporate.”
“What we are doing is just a palliative measure to make the road better, we are still talking with the government and we believe very soon our governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi will consider the project as one of the roads he must fix before the expiration of his tenure”, he continued.
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