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Residents fear business collapse over abandoned Ogun road

Residents of Adehun and Rounder communities in the Lafenwa Area of Abeokuta North local government area of Ogun State have bemoaned the abandoned section of the road leading to their communities.

The residents, who spoke with Punch Metro on Monday, expressed fear of crumbling businesses and the economy due to the bad state of the road which has deterred vehicular movement on that corridor.

When our correspondent visited the road which pays host to Ogun Radio broadcasting station, some fuel stations among other businesses, it was observed that about two fuel stations had shut down while some shops were under lock and key.

It was also gathered that poor patronage had forced the fuel stations and some businesses to close down in the area.

A resident, Kazeem Saheed, observed that the road which has been under construction for almost seven years, was abandoned after a section of it was completed in 2020, adding that since the abandonment, businesses have suffered neglect.

Saheed declared, “The construction of this road started during the last administration which we hoped would be completed in record time but it was not. This current administration also commenced work and they did the other side of the road but, surprisingly, they neglected this side which has left it in a sorry state.

“Since the neglect, businesses on this side of the road have not fared well because vehicles no longer pass this side of the road again. As you can see, the filling station over there has been abandoned because they are not making sales again. Same with petty traders. Our businesses have been affected.”

Another trader identified as Ramat, stressed that aside from the economic impact on the residents, the road also posed death threats to users as motorists now resort to one-lane traffic. She noted that the narrowness of the road often causes collisions between motorcycles and vehicles on the completed section.

 

Ramat said, “Aside from our business, crossing the constructed section is difficult too because you have to look at both sides severally for drivers who may just overtake anyhow. If someone is not careful when crossing that road, it can lead to an accident. There are even cases of Okada (motorcycle) riders colliding with vehicles because there is no bus stop for those coming from Lafenwa.”

Ramat urged the government to come to their aid by completing the abandoned section of the road to open the section of the stretch of road to business opportunities and save existing businesses from collapsing.

She opined, “I will appeal to our government to come and help us to complete this stretch of the road so that more businesses can be situated here and existing businesses don’t crumble. If they construct this road now, all the filling stations that had shut down will resume operations.”

When contacted, the Special Adviser to Ogun Governor on Works and Infrastructure, Ade Akinsanya, noted that there are no plans by the government to complete the section of that road because the daily traffic on that route did not necessitate any need for a six-lane road.

 

Akinsanya said, “The road was not abandoned. We only planned to do one side of the road because the Average Daily Traffic on the road does not call for a two-sided road. Because the previous administration decided to construct a six-lane road on that axis does not mean it is necessary. We cannot put all our resources on that road alone. If we do that, other areas will suffer too, so we can’t put huge resources on that road alone. We planned to extend the road to Alamala and that will cost huge resources.”

When asked about the position of the government on how the abandoned section of the road has been affecting businesses in the area, he noted that business owners should find alternatives.

“For business owners that their businesses are affected, they have to find alternatives to their business because the road cannot be constructed for now. If in the future, the Average Daily Traffic on that road requires us to construct the other section of that road, we will do that,” Akinsanya declared.

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