Mr Abiola Makinde, a member of the House of Representatives for the Ondo West/Ondo East Federal Constituency, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the state of the Ondo-Ore Expressway, which he believes requires immediate attention from the federal government.
In a statement, Makinde claimed he had presented a motion to dualize the expressway because the roadways had become a refuge for bandits.
The statement titled ‘National Assembly orders immediate dualisation of Ore-Ondo City Road’, was made available to our correspondent in Akure, the state capital.
According to Makinde, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the House Committee on Federal Character said the Ondo-Ore federal road connects five federal constituencies and several more communities in Ondo, Edo, and Osun States.
He further said that the road’s deplorable condition has harmed people’s ability to earn a living in the six neighboring local government regions.
The lawmaker said, “Due to the deplorable state of the road, it has become a haven for kidnappers and armed robbers who continue to take advantage to attack commuters and terrorise unsuspecting citizens as security agents are unable to respond promptly and come to their rescue”.
“The poor condition of the road has turned the highway into a death trap, as travellers meet their untimely death through accidents, especially along the Ore-Ondo axis of the highway”.
“The recurring fatal accidents on the road is mostly as a result of its narrowness, and therefore requires dualisation, considering that it is a busy and major link to many states of the federation”.
According to him, the road is a major route for transporting agricultural produce from neighboring states to Ondo, as well as a strategic route for motorists and cargoes moving from northern Nigeria to the south-west.
He further stated that, despite the fact that the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing had long designated the road for dualization, no contract had been granted.