The lawmaker representing Oluyole Federal Constituency, Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, has met with Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, over the deplorable condition of Olomi-Olojuoro and Liberty Academy roads in Oyo State.
The lawmaker called for the immediate rehabilitation of the roads, describing them as death traps.
According to Akande-Sadipe, she met with the minister in his office during the week.
Akande-Sadipe noted that she had fruitful deliberations with the minister, stressing that priority attention ought to be given to such roads which shares borders with Ogun State, in order to save them from their present deplorable state.
The lawmaker, who chairs the House Committee on Diaspora expressed worry on the slow pace of work on federal roads within Oluyole Federal Constituency.
“Olomi road has now become a death trap, where lives are lost on a daily basis, business activities and wellbeing of residents are negatively affected,”she said.
She said despite several interventions made by her in the past, the federal roads in her constituency have not seen any significant improvement.
The lawmaker explained that when the roads are rehabilitated, they will not only boost the economic fortune of residents of the areas, but would lead to drastic reduction in serial auto crashes that have claimed peoples’ lives.
Akande-Sadipe further said that she had visited the roads three times with major stakeholders including Public Complaint Commission and representatives of the Ministry of Works.
“After back-to-back intervention and calling out of contractors, we haven’t seen any improvement as inaction continues to add to the sufferings of my people
“This road, I mean Olomi-Olojuoro road has been listed in the budget every year as far back as 2018, but up until this moment nothing has been done. We cannot continue to bear the suffering, we need an urgent intervention. We also have five other roads under the purview of the ministry that has been listed in the 2022 budget, but we haven’t feel the impact of these inclusion in our communities.
“Economic activities are being halted on Olomi road and several constituents are on the verge of relocation from their personal homes due to the condition of the road. This road should be a blessing as it borders Ogun State and has the potential to boost economic activities of both states,” she said.
While acknowledging the complaints of the lawmaker, Fashola promised to expedite the process and immediately requested for an investigation and prompt action on the road.
He reiterated that the Federal Government has not reneged on its resolve to reduce the commuters’ plight through massive road rehabilitation in the state.