Ekiti road collapses, motorists moan, seek government intervention

A section of Ado-Ilawe Road, which serves as the alternate route from Ado Ekiti, in Ekiti State, to Akure, Indo State, collapsed Wednesday, leaving motorists driving by road to their destination in the states. ran into untold difficulties.

PUNCH Metro I realized that when the road collapsed, many motorists became frustrated that they had to turn around and find alternative routes.

The development is said to have forced motorists to return to the state capital to decide whether to use the Ado-Akure Road, which was in a deplorable condition, or via the winding Ado-Iyin-Igede-Ilawe Road. to reach their destination.

Our correspondent found that the section of Ado-Ilawe Road collapsed because water from nearby rocks had penetrated under the road.

A traveler, Adenike Adebiyi, said there were no casualties in the incident as the road collapsed when motorists did not drive on the axle.

Adebiyi said: “We have to thank God that no vehicle passed at the specific moment when the road collapsed; it would have been a different story by now. At first I was frustrated to get there, especially as I didn’t know a connecting road.

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“But when I saw some vehicles making U-turns, I had to follow them through a narrow road that was not in very good condition, to erupt at Igede Ekiti before continuing the journey to Ado Ekiti. The government must be quick to repair the Ado-Ilawe Road,” she said.

The Alawe of Ilawe Ekiti, Oba Adebanji Alabi, who visited the crime scene, sympathized with road users and added that they should make the effort to take longer routes to reach their destination.

However, Alabi called on the state government to “urgently rehabilitate the road in the interest of the Nigerians using the facility.”

The governor’s special adviser for roads and infrastructure, Sunday Adunmo, who also came to the scene for an on-site assessment, said the state government would immediately repair the road to comfort users.

The sector commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Ekiti State, Olusola Joseph, said men from the Corps would be on the ground diverting traffic “until the necessary steps are taken and the appropriate authorities are contacted.”

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