Federal Ministry of Works and Housing has been urged to, as a matter of urgency, commence the reconstruction of Akoda-Oke/Gada road in Osun State.
This is one of the prayers to a motion sponsored by Representative Bamidele Salam member representing Ede North/Ede South/Egbedore/Ejigbo Federal Constituency of Osun State.
In the Lead debate the lawmaker who expressed concern in the incessant Deaths on the Akoda-Oke-Gada Road in Ede North and Ede South Local Government Areas of Osun State stressed the need for Federal Road Maintenance Agency FERMA to begin immediate rehabilitation of those roads to the save lives of commuters who ply the route.
Noting that Section 14(2)(b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 provides that the security and welfare of the people shall be the primary purpose of Government, the lawmaker pointed out that quality road infrastructure has a role to play in ensuring the security and welfare of the people.
He added that Akoda-Oke/Gada federal road in Ede North and Ede South Local Government Areas of Osun State had become so deplorable that it has now become a death trap.
According to Rep Salam ” some days ago, four (4) persons, three of whom were members of the same family, were involved in a fatal motor accident at the Oke-Gada axis of Akoda-Oke/Gada road which led to their deaths, also the popular Oje Market of Ede is situated along the road and vehicles that had lost control at various bad portions on the road have continued to put the lives of people who patronize this market in grave danger.
If the road is not urgently rehabilitated, it is likely to continue recording more fatalities, considering its size and the extent of its use, in view of the market along its stretch”.
Adopting the motion unanimously through a voice vote the green chamber called on the Federal Road Safety Commission to urgently deploy its officers to strategic portions of the road to safeguard the lives of road users.
The lawmakers while also urging the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to, as a matter of urgency, rehabilitate the bad portions of the road to avoid further fatalities called on the Nigerian Railway Corporation to forthwith desist from digging trenches along the sides of the rail track intersecting the road around Oke Gada axis. The House thereafter mandated it’s Committees on FERMA and Works to ensure the compliance………..