The Oyo State House of Assembly has joined its voice to the ongoing protest by motorists and residents calling for the repair of the Oyo- Iseyin road, as it invites the representatives of the Federal Roads Management Agency, FERMA in the State.
Raising it as a Matter of public importance during Thursday’s plenary, Hon. Adeola Bamidele representing Iseyin/Itesiwaju State Constituency noted that the alarming situation of the road justifies the ongoing protest and demands urgent attention from the Oyo State Government.
“We know the road is a federal responsibility, but the users are mainly Oyo citizens.
“Now, there has being an ongoing protest by motorists, commuters and residents since Monday because the people are really suffering.
“The farmers cannot get to their farms, travelers and commuters are stranded and students now take stressful alternative roads.”
The road which was said to be constructed in 1948 by the colonial administration still has an ancient bridge which a vehicle can ply at once.
Describing Oke Ogun is the food basket of Oyo State, the Speaker, Rt. Hon. Adebo Ogundoyin lamented the state of the two roads- Moniya-Iseyin and Oyo-Iseyin roads, which are the only routes connecting the Oyo North Senatorial district to the capital city of the State.
He said, “if the two roads accessing the whole region is in bad shape, it is suddenly to describe this a partial disconnect of our people in Oke Ogun from other part of our dear State.
“The consequence is that the food security in the state is threatened and the livelihood of farmers in Oke Ogun is under threat as well.
“We are going to write FERMA representatives in Oyo State, we are inviting them to know the state of things on the road and how best can we secure swift repair of the road to ease the stress and save lives from damage.
“The federal government refunded 10 billion naira recently to Kogi state for federal projects, it should come to our aid too in Oyo State.”