Hon. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe, who represents the Oluyole Federal Constituency, has met with Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works and Housing, to discuss the terrible state of the Olomi/Olojuoro and Liberty Academy Roads in Oyo State.
The Lawmaker referred to the roads as “death traps” and demanded that they be immediately rehabilitated.
She said this in Ibadan after a meeting with the Minister at his office during the week.
The Lawmaker disclosed that she had fruitful discussions with the minister, saying that, in order to keep the road out of its current miserable condition, priority attention should be given to such highways that shared boundaries with Ogun state.
The head of the House Committee on Diaspora, Akande-Sadipe, highlighted her concern over the poor progress being made on the federal roads in the Oluyole Federal Constituency.
“Olomi road has now become a death trap, where lives are lost on a daily basis, adding that business activities and wellbeing of residents are negatively affected”, she said.
She said despite several interventions made by her in the past, the Federal roads through her constituency have not seen any significant improvement.
The lawmaker argued further that the roads, when rehabilitated, will not only boost the economic fortune of the residents of the areas, but would lead to drastic reduction in serial auto crashes that have claimed people’s lives.
Akande-Sadipe further said that she has visited the sites three times with the major stakeholders of the federal government including the Public Complaint commission and representatives of the Ministry of Works.
“After back-to-back intervention and calling out of contractors, we haven’t seen any improvement as inaction continues to add to the sufferings of my people”, she added.
“This road, I mean Olomi Olojoro road has been listed in the budget every year as far back as 2018, but up until this moment, we cannot continue to bear the suffering, we need an urgent intervention. We also have five other roads under the purview of the ministry that has been listed in the 2022 budget, but we haven’t felt the impact of these inclusion in our communities”
According to her, “economic activities are being halted on Olomi road and several constituents are on the verge of relocation from their personal homes due to the condition of the road, this road should be a blessing as it borders Ogun State and has the potential to boost economic activities of both states.”
While acknowledging the complaints of the Lawmaker, the Minister of Works, Babatunde Fashola promised to expedite the process and immediately requested for an investigation and prompt action on the road.