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Ondo Community Decries Poor State Of Iwaro-Oka Road

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The residents of Iwaro-Akoko, in the Akoko Northern senatorial district area of Ondo State yesterday called on the federal government to find a lasting solution to the avoidable automobile crashes claiming lives incessantly on the highway which passes through the town.

The residents which have severally protested over the bad condition of the deadly road which links the southern part of the country to the northern part asked the federal government to declare the road a “national disaster zone”.

They explained that due to the topography of the area the heavy – duty trucks often lose control and in the process of veering off the road, they always crashed into residential buildings as well as shops killing residents of the town.

While suggesting that the road should be barricaded from allowing articulated vehicles to ply it, as well as providing alternative route, the Acting Chairman of Iwaro Acclaimers Forum who spoke on behalf of the residents, Otunba Dele Ologbese said hundreds of people had been killed from various forms of accidents caused by the trucks.

He said the government should declare the Iwaro road a national disaster zone, because accidents had become a norm on the road, with the town bearing the brunt of it all.

“Aside the avoidable deaths of our people, properties that cannot be quantified had also been lost.

“For the past 20 years, people had been dying from accidents on this road, even just yesterday, two accidents were recorded.

“Government should construct alternative roads from Iwaro, through Oke Oka to Isua.

“We are  imploring the federal government to also reconstruct the roads from Ipele through Ido-Ani, to Isua which had become a death trap and made heavy duty trucks avoid the route, with this, heavy duty vehicles would vacate Iwaro-Oka road,” he said.

Also, chairman of Iwaro Community, Prince Joseph Alade, said the community had resolved to find a lasting solution to the incessant accidents on the road, which directly affects the community.

“The record of accident victims and casualties are also of daily increase and unbearable to the people of Iwaro community. Also, properties worth millions of naira are getting lost to these ugly situation everyday,” he said.

The community leader noted that they had already written to the State Governor Rotimi Akeredolu on Febuary 22, 2018 on the need to urgently come to their rescue.



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