Residents of Abeokuta, Ogun State, on Saturday, protested the deplorable Olokuta-Abeokuta train station road linking Prof Wole Soyinka area and about 52 communities under the Abeokuta South Local Government Area.
They expressed their frustration over the bad road, saying that it had not only led to fatal crashes that claimed lives in the past but had also paralysed socio-economic activities in the area.
They pleaded with the state government to urgently come to their aid.
Residents who defied the rain to register their displeasure over the bad state of the road were armed with placards bearing messages such as ‘Please, save us from Olokuta bad road’, ‘All business activities are now paralysed along Olokuta-Abeokuta train station route’, ‘Joint communal effort not enough again, please save our soul’, ‘We hardly get savings as a result of the bad train station road’, among others.
One of the community leaders, Chief Ezekiel Olushola, told newsmen that a student and one pregnant woman had lost their lives due to the poor condition of the road.
“For instance, there was a student coming from a school at Kemta, and there was a truck coming. As a result of the bad road, the driver wanted to manoeuvre from a bad spot but unfortunately, he hit the student and he (the student) died,” he said.
Olabisi Ogundipe, who is the Secretary of Cab Operators at the train station, said, “On a daily basis, we visit our mechanics, just for minor and major repairs on our vehicles.
“We find out that at the end of the day, when you calculate what you have gained in your pocket, you would have spent over 70 per cent of the income on the maintenance of the vehicle.”
The Chairman of the communities in the area, Babatunde Folarin, said about N20m had been spent by the residents in order to fix the road, describing it as a disaster.
He called on Governor Dapo Abiodun and the Federal Government to urgently fix the road in order to ameliorate the sufferings of the users.
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