In spite of the efforts of intervention bodies such as the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA), many federal roads across the country remain in deplorable condition, a survey has indicated.
In Ondo State, commuters plying federal roads linking the state with neighbouring states have appealed to the federal and Ondo State Government to attend to the roads in order to put a stop to the carnage on the roads.
Tolu Arigbagbuwo, a driver, who said he travels a lot, said the c remains one of the worst in the country
Arigbagbuwo urged the state government to liase with the Federal Government and fix the road.
“At least, I spend N7, 000 on my car weekly due to the nature of the roads. It is so pathetic, government should come to our rescue,” he said.
Also speaking, Hakeem Omojuwa, a passenger, said the state government was trying to repair some sections of Owo-Ikare highway and other roads leading to Abuja.
Omojuwa said if the roads were fixed, cases of kidnapping on the highways would also reduce.
He urged government to begin massive construction and reconstruction of roads throughout the federation.
FERMA in Oyo State, however, says it is intensifying efforts to ensure that federal roads were made motorable.
Mr Tolu Adeniji, an official in the Oyo State office of the agency, said that maintenance work was ongoing on failed portions of the 44.5 kilometre Ibadan – Oyo dual carriageway and Ibadan- Ife road among others.
He said maintenance works on all the roads had reached appreciable stages and had put an end to the untold hardship being experienced by motorists.
Adeniji also refuted the allegation that the Federal Government had abandoned repair of its roads in the state.
He assured motorists and other road users that the few other roads that needed repair would be attended to soon, saying FERMA was on top of its statutory duties.
Adeniji, however, appealed to residents of communities on highways, especially Alakaara near Oyo town, to desist from using road medians as refuse dumps.
The Federal Ministry of Works in Oyo State , on its part, disclosed that most of the road projects in the state were at final stages of completion while some had been completed.
An official of the ministry, Mr Samson Ojetunde, said work had been completed on the Oyo state axis of the 72.7km Ibadan-Abeokuta road handled by Kopek Construction Company.
He said that work had also reached appreciable stage on the dualisation of the 52km Oyo-Ogbomosho road being handled by Reynolds Construction Company (RCC).
”Among other ongoing projects in the state are Lagos – Ibadan section 11 – Shagamu interchange to Ibadan handled by RCC and the 57.7km Ogbomosho – Iko- Ilogbo -Osogbo road being handled by Dutum Construction Company,” Ojetunde stated.
He disclosed that the failed portions on old Oyo-Ogbomosho road was receiving due attention as the ministry had directed RCC handling the new road to fix the old road to ease traffic snarl on the single carriageway
The Ogun Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Corps (TRACE), on its part, urged motorists to exercise patience while the rehabilitation work from Ojodu-Berger to Ogun River section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway continues.
The spokesperson of the agency, Mr Babatunde Akinbiyi, made the appeal in Abeokuta in an interview with NAN.
“There has been a partial closure of inbound Lagos traffic along the 1.4 km portion of the Berger (New Garage Bus Stop) – Ogun River (Kara Bridge) of the Lagos- Ibadan Expressway to enable Julius Berger carry out an intensive rehabilitation work on the highway.
“The partial closure commenced on Sept. 2 and will last till Dec. 15; so we appeal for more patience from motorists while the project lasts,” he said.
He urged motorists who might be in a hurry to avoid the area and use alternative routes like the Iyana-Ipaja/Ota/Ifo/Abeokuta/Sagamu-Benin-Ore expressway; Victoria Island/Lekki/Epe/ijebu-Ode-Benin//Ore expressway or the Ikorodu/ Itoikin/ Ijebu-Ode-Benin/ Ore expressway.
The Ogun Commander of the FRSC, Mr Clement Oladele, also told NAN that palliative works were ongoing under Ogun River Bridge at the popular Kara Cattle Market to help improve traffic flow.
He noted that the rehabilitation of the entire Lagos-Ibadan expressway, which began in 2013 and earlier scheduled to end in 2017, would now be completed by 2021/2022 because the Muhammadu Buhari -led administration included some missing features.
He listed the additional features to include underpasses, footbridges, flyovers, toll plazas and road expansion.
Meanwhile, the Chairman, Petrol Tanker Drivers , Mosimi Depot, Alhaji Ganiyu Adurogangan has lamented the poor condition of the Ikorodu/Sagamu road, describing it as “devastating”.
Adurogangan, who decried the huge financial loss the road had caused for members of his association, urged the Federal Government to urgently fix the road as the country was risking losing many lives as a result of petrol tanker explosion.
“The road has remained a source of huge loss as we are losing huge amount of money everyday because whether or not we pass the road, it’s either a loss of money or loss of lives.
“When moving products from our Mosimi Depot which should take us like 30 minutes, we have to go all the way to pass through Lagos/Ibadan expressway.
“This costs us more money and more time since we cannot pass through that horrible road for fear of product spillage due to the bad condition of the road.
“It’s a federal road, so the Federal Government should be serious about the road. It has been awarded lots of times but we’re yet to see any major improvement.
“If the road is fixed, it will take a huge burden off the Lagos/Ibadan road and even reduce travel time,” he added.
The Majority Leader of Ogun House of Assembly, Hon. Sherrif Yusuf, also appealed to the Federal Government to urgently fix the bad portions on the Sango /Abeokuta Expressway, especially Owode/Iyana Ilogbo /Joju axis.
Yusuf (APC – Ado-Odo/Ota 1) made the appeal in an interview with NAN in Abeokuta.
The lawmaker said that palliatives could no longer solve the problem of the roads.
He explained that precious time that could have been invested in economic and other profitable activities were being wasted on the road by motorists due to the bad portions.
Yusuf, who expressed appreciation to the Ogun Government under the leadership of Gov. Dapo Abiodun for various palliative measures it had carried out on the highway, noted that major intervention was needed on the road.
“The Federal Government should find a lasting solution to the road, especially the Ewekoro, Itori and Sango axis of the road.
“ A thorough rehabilitation of that road by the Federal Government will alleviate the problems of our people,” he said.