Ondo State government has erected barricades in Akungba-Akoko, the host community of Adekunle Ajasin University, to prevent heavy trailers from plying the road and causing accidents.
Recall that several lives have been lost in accidents on this road, including the former Students’ Union president, Adesomoju Samuel, and other promising young Nigerians on January 23rd, 2021.
The Ondo State Governor, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, on February 4th promised to erect a permanent barricade on the road, after students of the AAUA trooped out to demand justice and stop heavy-duty trucks from using the road, following the death of an alumnus and phone repairer, Akinniyi Micheal, on the 3rd of February 2022.
Reacting to this, the Ondo State Chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC), via its Facebook handle, applauded Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN) for a full instalment of the promised barricade along Akungba road.
The party said the barricades were mounted at the old school gate and the border of Ikare/Akungba road as part of the measures to forestall the incessant accidents on the road pending a permanent solution by the federal government.
Reacting, the Students’ Union of Adekunle Ajasin University, through its General Secretary, Adeyefa Tolulope, (known as Elite) said the erection of the barricade by the Ondo State Government has relieved the fears of students and residents of Akungba.
Adeyefa said although the barricade erection came as a result of numerous agitations, students will hopefully no longer share horror stories of damage and death by trailers again.
He said: “This development from the state government is a decisive one for now, as we look forward to action on the dualization of Akungba road.”
Additionally, he noted that the reopening of the main gate (which was closed indefinitely due to the January 23rd accident last year) depends on the decision of the university’s management.
He revealed that the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Olugbenga Ige, had said there is a plan to reconstruct the Eastern Gate (Senate Building) by the State government, saying the road is expected to be dualised when this reconstruction starts fully.
In the same vein, the Students’ Union Public Relations Officer (PRO), Simbo Akinsulure, expressed satisfaction over the government’s move, saying it was very welcome.
“We have been in this process since the previous administration and it is so nice seeing things turning positive.
“No truck or trailer in Akungba means no more loss of life to accidents. It’s a good one, thanks to the state government.”
However, some of the students who spoke with CAMPUS REPORTER said the school management should consider reopening the school’s main gate since barricades have been put in place.
“Akungba is not cursed, the needful has been done by the state government and the school management should see to the reopening of the main gate soon for the use of students, staff, and members of the community.”
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