Residents of Iseyin, Oyo State expressed their displeasure over the road linking up the city from Ibadan. Iseyin a town located in Oyo State, Nigeria and accessible via road networks from Ibadan north hosts a population of over 300, 000 citizens. This has affected development as there are land spaces which can be used for industrial, agricultural and institutional purposes in the city but the road connecting Ibadan to Iseyin is in poor condition.
CAMPUS REPORTER gathered that the residents are often on the road for more than three hours for a journey that could be completed in just one hour. This is due to the spoilt road and has also resulted in transport fee hikes. The transporters also complained about the horrible roads with potholes in the middle of road, eroded portions, collapsing of trucks on account of poor surfaces and bridges lifted with tunnel-sized gaps.
Mr. Abiodun Badmus, a transporter told CAMPUS REPORTER that many of them may soon withdraw their vehicles from the road if government fails to fix the road as soon as possible.
“The road makes our vehicles spoil easily. I doubt if there is a day I will pass through the road without taking my bus to the mechanic workshop before returning. It has caused premature death but government will pretend as If they know nothing about the condition of the road”, he said.
Mr. Subair Ashiru buttressed that the problem of Ibadan-Iseyin road has become an embarrassing stigma to those living in the axis as many visitors don’t risk their cars on the road.
He said: “Many of the visitors are often advised to park their cars at safe place in Ibadan, most especially when it rains, vehicles begin to sink and swim. Government have neglected us as vehicles break down and as life of citizens are cut short”
CAMPUS REPORTER also ran into Nigerian police officers with their guns pushing their vehicles on the spoilt road. A police officer who identified himself as Inspector Rahman told our reporter that their vehicle got broke down due to the potholes.
“There is no way to avoid the portholes, it destroy the vehicle and we are left with no choice than to push it out of the road to avoid traffic on already spoilt road”, he stated.
A landlord, Baba Ibeji whose house is located at Omonide street, Iseyin, urged government to look into their demands to make the road conveniently accessible to people.
“We have cried to government without results. We have written several letters. We are particular about the solution to the road linking Ibadan to Iseyin. We want government to do the needful”, Baba Ibeji pleaded.
Another resident at Ile Aje street, Kamoru Isiaka, said the bad road has also affected the economy of the community as many business owners are forced to relocate every day.
“The road has been abandoned for long and we have not seen any changes. Even now, many of the traders have relocated due to the bad road.”
We also gathered that the poor road had caused more harm to ill people who needed to be transported to a bigger hospital through the road.
Meanwhile, all efforts to reach the Oyo State Commissioner for Works and Transport, Mr. Wasiu Dauda proved abortive on his mobile as he failed to answer the call put across to him by CAMPUS REPORTER at the time of filing this report.
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