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Ekiti Risks Accidents As Deplorable Road Causes One-way Travel

Commuters plying the Ado–Ikere road in Ekiti state have lamented over the poor condition of the road. As only a section of the dual carriageway is passable, vehicles coming from both sides of the road now drive facing traffic due to potholes and a widely eroded portion which has made one side of the road unmotorable.

One of the commuters, Olalekan Adaba, said that the rate at which big vehicles ply the road had worsened the condition of the road.

“We, as drivers, tried our best to fill up the potholes ourselves, but it is now beyond our power. It’s been six months since the road has been like this, and we’ve been calling on the government, but no response,” he said.

Another driver, who simply identified himself as Oluwatobi, claimed that his and his friends’ vehicles developed faults countless times as a result of the damaged road. He, therefore, pleaded with the government to come to their aid and fix the road.

The drainage system in the area is in a sorry state. This, according to commuters, is the primary reason for the damaged road.

Some business owners also explained how the road’s condition affected their sales.

Victor Ogunleye, a man who sells cement by the roadside, now experiences low sales.

“Cars that usually stop to buy from us are no longer coming here because they now have to divert to the other side where the road is passable.

“Even passersby can’t walk past here again as they also have to pass the other side to avoid sinking. This is even more dangerous for night drivers who are new in the area and don’t know about the diversion,” he said.

He, therefore, urged the government not to wait till the election period before fixing the road. According to him, that has always been their practice.

Like Mr Ogunleye, a roadside trader who only identified herself as Mrs Ajayi, said her sales have reduced drastically when compared to when the road was still durable. This has now become a cause of worry for her.

Abe Olorunda, a resident of Ikere Ekiti, told our reporter that the road is now a death trap for those who are unaware or have forgotten that the road is now two lanes. He also pleaded with the government to repair the road to prevent avoidable accidents.

The residents have, however, given credit to Akomolafe Henrich Bankole, a PDP aspirant from Ekiti South Federal Constituency, for his efforts in maintaining the passable side of the road.

“Thanks to one of us, an indigene of Ikere, Henrich, he was the one that recently helped fix the side of the road that vehicles are passing,” one resident said.

The State Government Does Not Own The Road

Reacting to the situation, the Commissioner for Works and Transport in Ekiti state, Sola Adebayo, has failed to take responsibility for the condition of this road.

When contacted, he said that the road belongs to the federal government and that the federal controller of works in the state will be in the best position to explain why the road is in this deplorable state.

On his part, Engineer Ishaq Lawal, the federal government controller of works in the state, said, “The federal government has been willing to do something. Interventions have been carried out. Two different contracts have been awarded, but the contractors have not reported back.”

He then promised that the contract would be re-awarded to contractors before the end of the present government.

“We are working on it. If not all the roads, the terrible parts will be repaired,” he said.

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