DUE to the frequent accidents recorded and the corresponding high toll in the loss of lives at the popular Naira and Kobo junction in Ikire, Irewole Local Government Council Area of Osun State, residents particularly students, traders and commercial motorcyclists, who ply this junction have appealed to the Osun State governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola to speedily find a solution to the danger they face daily in the course of indulging in their legitimate business activities.
They argued that though the governor had personally expressed sympathy and directed the caretaker committee chairman of Irewole Local Government Council Area, Mr. Soji Ajayi to seal-up the junction, they had objected to the measure because it would amount to sealing off the opposite side of the town around the junction, a measure which would make them to drive some distance before making a U-turn.
According to the caretaker committee chairman, the residents of the area were opposed to the sealing-off of the junction, which the state governor had directed. He revealed to OSUN DEFENDER COMMUNITY NEWS that in the end, he had to order the drums filled with concrete, 41 in all had to be placed at the junction as a palliative measure.
The council boss also disclosed that plans were on ground to construct speed bumps on the road, after approval had been given by the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA). “The speed bumps would begin from the Akire High School to Naira and Kobo junction for vehicles coming from Ibadan and from Unity School to Wasinmi for Ibadan –Lagos bound vehicles”, he added. Prince Ajayi also disclosed that the council had approved the construction of theses speed bumps to Expro Engineering Company, but expressed surprise as to why the project had not commenced. Concerned residents interviewed admitted that the concrete drums placed to block the Naira and Kobo junction was indeed serving as a palliative measure, but added that a more permanent solution had to be put in place. Students of the Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Ikire Campus, who spoke to OSUN DEFENDER COMMUNITY NEWS, bemoaned the situation, where accidents occur at the junction from time to time. Ademola Owoade and Omotayo Ogundeji also appealed to the Federal Government to see to the construction of an intersection at the junction.
The intersection, when completed, according to the scholars, would make any traffic coming to and from Ibadan to pass under the bridge, while the ones passing through the town and then to Iwo should pass the top. According to them, “traffic would be smooth, accidents would reduce and loss of lives would be thing of the past”. In the same vein, Mr. Abdullah Oluyole also advocated the construction of an intersection, which would ease the flow of traffic and reduce unnecessary high frequency of accidents.