The Ondo State Government on Monday took bold steps to make the critical failed sections of the Isuada-Ikare junction area of Owo – Benin / Ikare xpress road passable for motorists.
In making the intention real, the Ministry of Works has deposited loads of boulders there to stabilise the almost 3-meter deep gorge which makes vehicular movement impossible.
Required equipment was also deployed at the spot to remove three trailers stucked therein which had caused other road users to find makeshift alternatives on both sides of the road.
It also evacuated deposits of mud/ unsuitable materials at the edges of the section of the road,which had been making the surface slippery.
Speaking on the development, Commissioner for Works and Infrastructure, Mr. Saka Yusuf Ogunleye, who visited the scene with some top officials of the Ministry, said the palliative measure was to ease the burden imposed on the people of our people, who use the road due to the emergency situation on ground.
“The grader will also clear the overgrown weeds to enable us have a look at the side drains to ascertain wether it will be repared or be removed and construct new ones. This situation was caused by the heavy volume of water spilling to the main road due to d existing drains that are fully silted.
He said the immediate palliative measure was to get the road in a condition where it can be motorable again, though the road belongs to the federal government .
“The steps being taken are to provide immediate relief for our people. This spot if not repaired now can degenerate into a more serious situation. We cannot watch the road become a death trap for our people before taking action.This is just the beginning, tomorrow, officers of the Ministry will be here to continue working to improve this unacceptable scenario here.”
Permanent Secretary, Engineer Taiwo Otun said the area needed to be channelised to allow free flow of water, adding that the state Ministry of Works would leave no stone unturned to secure the road against artificial problems, which should have been prevented.