RESIDENTS of Ikirun, the Headquarters of Ifelodun local government, State of Osun, has vowed to ban movement of trucks belonging to a quarry company over incessant cases of accidents in the town.
The residents who spoke under the aegis of ‘Like Minds of Ikirun’, accused truck drivers belonging to Salong Company, Obaagun of unprofessionalism and lackadaisical attitude, an act which has sent some residents of the community to early grave.
In a press release signed by its Coordinator, Prince Mutiu Olawale, the group called on well-meaning people of the area and the state government of Osun to intervene in the matter before they take law into their hands.
This is coming days after a truck from the said company killed three persons and left several injured as a result of mechanical failure.
Also, in late 2022, a truck from the same company reportedly rammed into some people inside a maternity, where many people were killed and several others injured.
According to the group, it is high time the state government and stakeholders saw to the regulation of truck movement in the area to avoid further loss of lives and destruction of property.
The group recommended that there should be restriction of movement for the trucks, stating that the trucks should be made to operate at night.
“However, if that seems impossible, then we would be left with no option than to take our destiny into our own hands, by completely banning these trucks from routing within our community, henceforth”, the group threatened.
A copy of the release made available to OSUN DEFENDER yesterday reads: “Of course, there’s no doubting the fact that no amount of money can bring back a lost life, yet, we recommend that each and every victim of the unfortunate incidents should be compensated accordingly, including the families of the deceased.
“We also recommend that the concerned company should take necessary action to ensure their trucks are perfectly fit to hit the road without causing havoc.
“We equally urge the government to always consider an extension of roads with a special road for the passage of these killer trucks. We believe this would significantly contributes to reduction in the threat posed to our community”.