Residents and Landlord Association, at Alewi –Jegele Community, in Akure South Local Government Area of Ondo State have protested the dilapidating state of Akure – Ado Ekiti road.
This is coming after a year and six month of approving the re-construction of the road by the federal government.
The protesters said the road has become not only a dreaded path to motorists and travellers but has also crumbled businesses and well-being of members of communities along the road.
They noted that one of those communities that have suffered great hardship from the abandoned N23,751 billion project is Jegele Village.
It would be recalled that the Federal Government in June 2020 approved the construction of the road together with six other roads across the six geopolitical zones in the country.
Speaking on behalf of house owners and residents, the Chairman, Landlord Association, Alewi –Jegele Community, Babalola Olakunle told The Hope that the bad road and dust coming from the asphalt had struck a blow on individuals’ health in the area.
His words, “Those by the roadside suffer the most. Many business owners have left this area because of the heavy dust we witness every day.
“I am a retiree and my wife has a shop by the road side but sales ain’t coming as people seldom come here again. It has affected the business and finance of the family.
“By the virtue of this dust, we cannot run the shop as we should again. I used to join her in the shop whenever I return from my Piggery farm but we cannot do that now due to health concern caused by the dust.
“When they awarded the construction of the road last year June, we were very happy, saying our prayers have been answered.
“In October last year, the engineers just came around to begin work on the road but shortly after, we do not see them again.
“This year again around August, when it was raining and there were gridlocks and accidents on the road, they came around again after several lamentations and pleas.
“The engineers just did little works on the Jegele culvert and left with the promise to come back and finish the job.
“In October this year, they came back and opened up the potholes with a promise but they left without completing the work and this is what is giving us another problem.