THE people of Tonkere Village in Ayedaade North Local Government Council Area of Osun Statehas called on both the state and local government authorities to come to their aid as the village, which is very popular for its agricultural products, is fast being cut-off from other parts of the state. The main problem the community is facing, according to investigations conducted by OSUN DEFENDER COMMUNITY NEWS, included non-availability of drinking water, electricity supply, health facilities, good motorable roads, markets and schools.
According to community leader, Alhaji Adebayo Rasaki, the road linking the village to Ede is a complete write-off. A condition which had made many of their farm products rot away in the village. He complained that the people of Tonkere had no other means of livelihood except the income they generate from the sales of their farm produce. According to him, the people of the village, who are mostly farmers, find it difficult to access the Tonkere-Akoda road, which is a bit far due to its bad nature and thereby miss their chances of selling their products at the popular Akoda, Owode- Ede and Sekona markets.
Alhaji Rasaki revealed that most of them are left with no option than to use the shorter Tonkere- Edunabon road. He complained that the road too was not good when compared to the other ones, but necessity had forced most of them to use it. A visit to the two roads proved that they were far from being safe for motor vehicles. The only safe means of accessing these roads was through motorcycles and bicycles.They therefore called on the caretaker committee chairman of Ayedaade Local Government Council Area, Evangelist Nathaniel Arabambi to speedily come to their aid.
Another community leader, Madam Abigail explained that getting clean drinking water had been another problem that the villagers encounter on daily basis. She revealed that most of the time, the people rely on rain water and ‘pure water’ supplied from Edunabon. She stated that on rainy days, when the access road becomes bad for motor vehicles and there is scarcity of water, they mostly resort to fetching water from the streams.
Electricity supply had also been a problem that Tonkere people encounter. It was observed that electricity poles were placed at some portions along the Tonkere- Edunabon road, but there was no electric cable on it. They decried the development, where the nearest Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) office to the community was located at Edunabon town.
The condition of the health facilities in the community is also very poor as many of the residents make use of the Comprehensive Health Centre located on the Tonkere-Edunabon road, even in the event of medical emergencies.
Residents also used the medium to appeal to well meaning sons and daughters of the town to team up with the government, so that meaningful developmental projects could be embarked upon in the community. They therefore called on the administration of Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to make the dividends of democracy and aspects of his six-points integral action plan like the OYES,O’REAP, and O’CLEAN to be felt in the Community