Residents of Ogbomoso community in Oyo State yesterday protested against the bad state of Ogbomoso-Oyo road, lamenting that no fewer than14,040 people have died on the road in the last 18 years.
The protesters who explained that 15 people lost their lives weekly and that 780 people lost their lives in a year, demanded for immediate completion of the road to avert untimely deaths.
The statistic was contained in a press statement signed by Reverend Israel Olaniyan (Head of Churches in Ogbomoso), Bishop Adebayo Akintola (Secretary, Head of Churches), Chairman, League of Imams and Alfas, Ogbomoso zone Alhaji Imam Nafiu Abdulkareem Atanda and Hon. Michael Abioye (Secretary, Egbe Omo Ogbomoso Parapo Agbaye
As the protesters vent their anger, the major road linking Oyo – Ilorin through Ogbomoso was blocked with hundreds of residents gathered at Taki Square carrying placards and banners with various inscriptions.
Some of the placards read, “FG complete our road”, “35 mins journey now take two hours,” “Ogbomoso-Oyo road is our book haram”, “Stop the killings fix our road”, “We are not animals we deserve better roads’, and “Complete 18 years project” among others.
Socio-cultural organizations, religious groups including Christians Association of Nigerian, CAN Ogbomoso zone, Igbo community, Hausa community and others interest groups were part of the protest.
They gave the federal government August 1 ultimatum to complete the dual carriage road and maintained that the old road, which they called death trap, had led to the death of many youths, women and other promising indigenes and non-indigenes of the town because the new road which is supposed to be the solution has been abandoned by the federal government.
According to them, “Statistics at our disposal indicates that an average of 15 persons die on the road per week. In a year, it indicates that an average of 780 persons is lost on this road. Multiplied by 18 years since the road was awarded, it shows that an average of 14, 040 persons have lost their lives on Ogbomoso-Oyo road. This is alarming and calls for urgent completion of the express road under construction.’’
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