By Francis Ezediuno
State Government of Osun particularly the incoming administration has been charged by motorists to make rehabilitation of Ibokun-Imesi-Ile-Esa-Oke roads a major priority as the level of deterioration is compounding issues for them.
This charge was handed down during an on-the-spot visit to the dilapidated sections of the roads.
Motorists who were complaining about the bad portions of the road from Ibokun road in Osogbo, said many of them taking the road to Ekiti have been having cause to complain in recent times.
According to them, many of the commercial transporters plying the route from Osogbo to Ekiti and other parts of the country especially the North Central and West of the country have not been finding it easy.
They lamented that the portions of the road that are bad constitute major hazard to the safety of travelers.
“Flowers have Bushes and overtaken the road, there are potholes filled with puddles on every section of the road and vehicles with bad shock absorbers are the ones feeling the impact of the bad roads the more”.
The portions of the bad roads; they revealed starts from Ibokun town via Itiya, Otan-Ile, Imesi-Ile, Esa-Oke junction towards Okemesi in Ekiti state.
Meanwhile, further investigations revealed that in the western part of the state, majority of the roads are in one state of disrepair or the other.
It was observed that the Iwo-Ibadan road via Ileogbo was in a dilapidated state.
Motorists plying the road were complaining bitterly that they had to spend more on the maintenance of their vehicle and due to the bad road; most of their vehicles have to undergo constant repair so as to be in good shape.
They called on government and the Federal Ministry of Works to come up with a solution to the problem before the road becomes more dilapidated.
From investigations, some portions of the road during the rainy season are virtually inaccessible to motorists.
Commercial transporters who ply the road revealed that the Awo road is longer, that is why they prefer to use the Ileogbo axis because it is a straight route and it takes less transport time but for the bad situation of the road.