Action Congress gubernatorial candidate in Osun State during the April 14, 2007
governorship election, Engineer Rauf Aregbesola, has warned the state Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola, not to commission the multi-million naira, Osogbo-Akoda, dualisation road without full completion.
A statement issued by Aregbesola’s media aide, Mr. Gbenga Fayemiwo, and made available to OSUN DEFENDER last Monday, also slammed the shody job being executed by the contractor handling the dualisation of the road, warning that Oyinlola should shelve his plan to commission the “badly executed project.”
According to the statement, some completed portions of the roads had become death traps before commissioning, reiterating that some deadly potholes exist between Akoda and Abere, which had led to numerous road accidents that also claimed innocent lives.
At the flag-off of the dualised road in 2004, the governor promised the people of the state that the project would be completed within nine months, but up till now, the road is still under construction.
“Rather than concentrating attention on the Osogbo bye-pass project, started by the defunct military and Bisi Akande’s administration, Oyinlola demolished the age long warehouses, which made Osogbo the commercial centre of the old Osun Division, since the pre-colonial times.
“To the dismay of all residents of Osun State, the promise made by the governor has not only been unfulfilled, the road has today become a death trap causing many avoidable auto-accidents with attendant casualties and facilities.
“Worse still, the road has been executed in a shoddy manner to the extent that no sooner than the asphalt tarring was done, ditches and potholes emerged,” the statement added.
Furthermore, Aregbesola stressed that the Osun bridge which should make this road project complete has not only been defectively constructed, its construction has stalled up till now.
“Many residents of Osogbo, who live around Makson/Old Governor’s office area, suffered in calculable damage from the resultant flooding.
“The Oyinlola-led administration in the state neither showed concern nor empathy for these helpless citizens in their ordeal”, he added.
The statement added that any attempt to commission a road that has failed all conditions stipulated in its civil, mechanical, structural and topographical designs, is nothing but aggravated fraud and treasonable felony.
“It is like sentencing the people of the state to death on the highway,” said Aregbesola.
However, Aregbesola called on the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), the Federal Ministry of Works and the international community to show active interest in the interest of peace and orderliness on the road project.