Residents of Ondo and Ekiti states have protested the abandonment of Akure – Ado Ekiti road by the contractor handling the road project after he was mobilised by the Federal government in 2020.
The protest which lasted over three hours paralyzed vehicular movement along the road linking the two states.
The protesters who carried different placards called on President Muhammadu Buhari to investigate and sanction those behind the alleged corruption surrounding the award of the contract.
The protesters, comprising residents of Ekiti and Ondo States under the aegis of Great Patriot for Better Initiative (GPBI), said the contract for dualising the road was awarded 15 months ago.
They alleged the contractors have been mobilised but were yet to commence work.
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Speaking on behalf of the protesters, Comrade Niyi Majofodun lamented that since the Akure – Ado Ekiti road had been awarded, the contractor had not carried out any serious work on the road.
Comrade Majofodun alleged that the contractor alongside some public servants were frustrating President Buhari’s efforts after the road project had been awarded for over twenty-two billion naira to the company handling it without moving to the site.
According to him, “The dilapidated road had turned to den of kidnappers and armed robbers while many lives had lost, hence the need for President Buhari to act urgently on the road rehabilitation. The deplorable road has increased transportation fares between Akure and Ado-Ekiti.
“The dualisation of Akure – Ado Ekiti road was awarded in 2020 and subsequently got mobilised in November 2020. The contractor refused to move to the site until a few days ago after our organization had petitioned the office of the Director-General of BPP over the abandonment of the project.”
Some motorists who spoke after being held for hours also called on the Federal government to address the grievances of the protesters as the Akure – Ado Ekiti road was becoming not motorable on daily basis.
Also, former Chairman of Akure North Local Government, Rotimi Adeleye, described the road situation as embarrassing and disgusting, while calling on the federal government to do the needful.