Ondo motorists lament how govt negligence is causing untold hardship on Akure roads [PHOTOS]

Residents of Ondo State, particularly motorists plying the Akure metropolis have decried the nonchalant attitude of the state government towards the danger constituted by roadside traders on some major roads of the state capital.

Also of great concern to road users within the state capital is the ticketing activities of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW on various parts of the road which usually cause undue delay for motorists who described the act as agonising.

According to the motorists and other road users who expressed their grievances to DAILY POST on the traffic bottleneck being experienced on a daily bases when plying the roads, t it is now unbecoming as a result of the total takeover of some portion of the road by traders selling their wares.

DAILY POST gathered that between the Old Garage axis down to Texaco junction of the ever busy Oba Adesida road, the section of the road dedicated for Taxies and other vehicles intending to drop off passengers have been taken over by traders, as they display their wares on the road, thereby, obstructing the free flow of traffic.

The ugly trend is always at its highest peak on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

The traffic situation has also been compounded by the those who have abandoned the pedestrian bridge on the road but preferred to cross the dualized road through the defaced barrier installed by the previous administration to curb such act.

The situation is not different on the Arakale road which was designed to serve as an alternative route for motorists during rush hour on the Oba Adesida road.

Among the many traffic nightmares of the Arakale road is the indiscriminate parking along the roadsides despite the availability of over four expansive car parks along the stretch of the road as well as the ticketing activities of the association of commercial motorcyclists on the road.

According to a cab driver who gave his name as Taju Subaru, movement between Old Garage and Texaco which ordinary should be less than one minute drive in most cases lasts up to between 10 to 20 minutes due to the activities of traders who normally shut down their own taxi portion of the road coupled with the ticket of the taxi unions on the road.

“What we face on this road has always been hellish. I have been a cab driver for like 5 years now. The situation with this part of the road (Old Garage to Texaco) is getting deteriorating by the day. And the government is doing nothing to it.

“I’m sure you know the amount of time that is being wasted on a daily basis, particularly during the rush hour in the morning and the closing period in the evening.

“Bros, the situation is worse on weekends. It’s just too pathetic.”

On the part of another cab driver, Yemi Afolabi, he berated the present administration in the state for turning a blind eye on the situation.

He maintained that the situation was well handled during the last administration which brought about orderliness on the road.

“It was during Mimiko era that the Oba Adesida/Oyemekun road was expanded. At the Oja Oba axis, a section of the road was demarcated for taxies. He also erected barriers on the median of the road to prevent people from crossing and he gave a facelift to the pedestrian bridge for the purpose.

“But since the Akeredolu’s administration came on board, everything has changed. What we now have are traders competing with motorists. Even the barriers have been pulled down with no one making use of the bridge.”

A road user, who gave her as Bolanle stated that the Ministry of Transport has abandoned its duty of kicking against indiscriminate parking on the roadsides.

She maintained that the officials of the ministry were only interested in roving around the metropolis to fine motorists that parking at unmarked areas instead of enforcing the law where they are most needed, particularly on the Arakale road.

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