'Osun Needs Better Roads, not Flyovers'- Group Cautions Adeleke - The Top Society

‘Osun Needs Better Roads, not Flyovers’- Group Cautions Adeleke

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An Osun civil society group, The Osun Masterminds (TOM), has called on Governor Ademola Adeleke to halt plans on constructing flyovers in Osogbo, the state capital, stating that the State needed better roads.

TOM made this call on Wednesday, while speaking with journalists in Osogbo during the group’s monthly media parley.

The Executive Director of TOM, Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, asserted that the government should save funds to be expended on flyover projects and use them to improve the condition of the roads across the state.

Oyedokun-Alli further lamented the poor state of some important road infrastructure in the state and called on the governor to act immediately to avoid further decay.

He emphasized that neglecting certain federal roads could adversely impact the State’s security, even though they were in the federal jurisdiction. He then urged the State government to address critical infrastructure issues, especially the condition of the Ibadan-Gbongan-Akure highway.

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“We are compelled to call the attention of the Osun State Government to the state of some critical infrastructure in the State. One important example is the Ibadan-Gbongan-Akure highway,” he said.

“While we understand that the Highway is a Trunk A road and should primarily be maintained by the Federal Government, we advise the State Government to liaise with relevant agencies of the Federal Government to maintain the section of the road that is within the domain of our State.”

Oyedokun-Alli further recommend reallocating the funds allocated for flyover construction towards widening essential roads in other towns to improve road infrastructure for enhanced safety and traffic management.

“We recently got informed of plans by the State Government to construct flyovers at Oke-Fia and Old Garage areas of Osogbo. We understand that plans are already underway to get these projects executed, but we want to offer a little counsel that may save the State some resources.

“As one of our subsidiaries, Transparency and Accountability Group (TAG), counselled against the construction of the Olaiya Flyover before it was implemented, we are counselling against the construction of flyovers at Oke-Fia and Old Garage areas. Our counsel is premised on the state of Osun’s finances, vis-a-vis the level of urgency of such infrastructure at the proposed locations.

“A simple dualisation of LAMECO – Oke-Fia – Old Garage stretch of road and signalisation of that stretch, will solve whatever traffic bottlenecks there may currently exist there. More specifically, traffic lights at LAMECO, Oke-Fia, and Old Garage, on a dualised road, will ease every traffic congestion currently being experienced on the road.

“We advise that the government redirects the funds it will expend on constructing flyovers, to widening major roads in towns whose major roads are currently too narrow for the kind of traffic that goes through them. Major towns like Ikirun, Iwo, Ilesa, Ejigbo, and Ila-Orangun are in dire need of wider major roads, to reduce the risk to lives occasioned by the dense traffic that passes through those towns.”

Reacting to the position of the group on behalf of the government, the Osun State Commissioner for Information and Public Enlightenment, Kolapo Alimi, said the administration was open to counseling and advice. He assured that the Adeleke administration has an  infrastructure plan with a sustainable funding model, targeting economic growth and development of the state.

“On the issue of flyover in Osogbo, we assure the public that the project design is such that it will not create an unbearable burden on the state even as the state needs to upgrade her infrastructure to achieve economic growth,” he said.

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