…As road users seek govt intervention
By Vera Samuel Anyagafu
Road users along Agbara-Atan axis of Ogun State and beyond have continued to experience most unimaginable frustrating gridlock on a daily basis, following the terrible condition of the road.
Investigations by Vanguard revealed that some private owned schools around this axis are losing their students to schools located outside the area, as parents groan on daily basis and are also afraid of exposing their children to undeserving danger or worse still, death, as a result of the dilapidated state of the road.
Speaking to our Correspondent, the Chairman, Idorawa Community, Igbesa, Mr. Olakanpo Opeyemi, described their experiences on the road as nightmarish. According to him, the road is a visa to hell as small vehicles contend with the many fully loaded container trailers that heavily ply the road daily.
Road users are left at the mercy of trailer drivers, who carelessly delve into the so many gully like pot holes, not minding if container loses grip and collapses on unlucky car or bus loaded with passengers, students, and so on.
The complaints of the Chairman and residents of this axis, who feel abandoned by both the Federal and state governments were confirmed when Vanguard correspondent journeyed from Agbara through Atan to Abeokuta, the capital city of Ogun state, to have first hand experience of the road.
To say that the road is bad from Agbara end of the road to Abeokuta is an understatement. Residents and commuters narrated the numerous cases of accidents and deaths resulting from the dilapidated state of the road and how their cries and pleas for the state government to come to their rescue fell on deaf ears.
Findings by our correspondent revealed that, accidents occur frequently on the road and when it rains, you can neither estimate the number of hours you will have to spend in the terrifying traffic jam, nor what awaits you in form of accidents or robbery attacks.
In appealing to the relevant authorities to rescue the road from imminent total collapse, the Idorawa Igbesa Community Chairman, who also owns a number of companies along this axis, among which is Saint-Land Suites Ltd; said he had carried out some repair works within his community, but it is imperative that government reduces their pains by implementing resolutions to the perennial traffic gridlock.
“It has caused nightmares and rampaging waves of most businesses in this area and sad enough, responsible authorities know exactly what to do but have refused to heed and address pains of the people”, he said, adding that, “The solution to the Agbara- Atan road is known.
Causes of the gridlock are known by the ruling bodies, and it is just inhuman to subject citizens to such dehumanizing situation. We are not asking for solution, we are only asking for actions to be taken and our pains felt, because it is the only way the regulatory bodies will understand the negative impact of the gridlock on our health, businesses and sense of well being.”
Also sharing her views, a resident who prefers to be addressed as Mrs Bello, said that although, there seem to be on going repair works at some portions of the road beyond Atan, it is just like a drop in the ocean. Painting a lucid picture of the road, she said, “The road is so terrible that we see hell every time we go out.
The situation has effectively hampered businesses progression and many are on the brinks of losing their means of livelihood and I am bold to say that the Ogun state government has failed us”. She also commended efforts by the media to ensuring that residents along that axis are provided a less cumbersome use of the road.
However, a number of private school owners who also spoke to our correspondent, captured the road as journeying with blood and sweat. To some, a journey that would have taken not more than 20 minutes now lasts for close to 3 hours, and to others, teachers and pupils are now subjected to unwarranted poor performances at schools, as they would have been physically and mentally drained and or exhausted before reaching their respective schools.