Widen roads, don’t build bridges, group tells Adeleke

An Osun-based civil society group, The Osun Masterminds, on Wednesday, advised Governor Ademola Adeleke not to embark on the construction of two flyovers in Osogbo as planned.

Instead of constructing flyovers, the group suggested that the funds should be channeled to making wider roads across the state.

Speaking with journalists in Osogbo during its monthly media parley, the Executive Director of TOM, Prof. Wasiu Oyedokun-Alli, lamented the poor state of some critical road infrastructure in the state and called on the governor to act immediately to prevent further deterioration.

Oyedokun-Alli said though some of the major roads fall under the supervision of the Federal Government, abandoning them would have negative implications on the security of lives and property in Osun State.

He said, “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.

“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.”

On the plans by Adeleke administration to construct two flyovers in Osogbo, Oyedokun-Alli said, “We are counseling 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.”

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