Residents of the Femiti Oluwa – Oke Odo – Alapata community of Egbeda Local Government have cried out to Oyo state Governor, Engr. Seyi Makinde to help in the construction of their roads, culverts and waterways.
The Chairman of the Community, Mr. Bashiru Badmus ably represented by his Treasurer , Mr. Olayinka Oladele while speaking to newsmen registered the community’s displeasure over the deplorable condition of their roads.
The chairman added that the Community has presented two letters of complaints to Oyo state Ministry of Public Works and Transport dated 23rd of March, 2018 and November, 2019 respectively with no significant response.
He further noted that residents who may have their structures affected have agreed to cooperate with the government by sacrificing their houses and setback for demolition.
He however lauded the Oyo state government led by Engr. Seyi Makinde and Honourable representing Egbeda State Consitutency in the Oyo State House of Assembly, Hon. Samson Babalola for their listening ears to the masses’ complaints.
A field representative from the Oyo state Ministry for Public Works and Transport sent for inspection of the road in respect to a letter sent on the 14th of August, 2020, Engr. Ebunlomo Akinwale while speaking to newsmen after the inspection maintained that the road which serves up to 8 Communities is about 4 kilometres.
Engr. Akinwale also registered her hope in swift response to the road, adding that Governor of Oyo state, Engr. Seyi Makinde would listen to the people’s complaint and expedite actions towards the construction when tabled to him.
“Afterall, the government has responded to the cry-aid of the residents of Femiti Oluwa, Oke Odo, Alapata.
“This is a new administration, it is believed that something positive will come up. Do not forget that our Governor responds to his people.
The Road building will cover the average length of 4 kilometers and it is of 9.6 width.”
Also speaking at the scene, Former Chairman of the Community, Prince Aroaye Shittu lamented the plights the road poses to the entire residents of the Community especially during raining seasons.
“The Road has been posing a huge threat to the existing government school in this community housing not less than 800 students and as well as the residents not less than 200 thousands.
“Thus, we appreciate the Seyi Makinde led administration for his readiness to build the Road soonest”.
Principal of the Community High School, Ajagba which is situated within the affected environment, Mr. Adesina Adedokun also implored the Oyo state government to give a prompt attention to the construction adding that the bad condition of the Road has a major challenges to the school teachers, students and parents.
“Many of the school teachers seek redeployment anytime they are posted to this school.
In fact, myself and other teachers have to trek a very long metres from where the tarred road ends before we can get to the school.
External supervisors and Inspectors who are posted to our school for the ongoing West African Examination Council (WAEC) arrive behind schedule due to the deplorable condition of this Road.”
Adedokun however commended Gov. Seyi Makinde for his epoch making effort since the beginning of his tenure.
A widow and another resident, Mrs. Ajike Adeyemo and Mr. Damilare Oguntayo in their separate reactions stated that they wouldn’t mind losing their perimeter fencing and setbacks if required.
“We will not mind to lose our fence and properties if at stake at the construction.
All we want is that the Government should come to our aide as channelization is also called for as erosion rushes into our houses due to poor drainage from Ajagba to Olorisa Oko” – Mrs. Ajike Adeyemo added.
Atleast Two Hundred Thousand (200,000) residents reside in Femiti-Oluwa – Oke Odo – Alapata, an area located in Ajorosun LCDA of Egbeda Local Government, Ibadan.