A youth development association, Federation of Ede Youth Development Association (FEYDA), has called on the Osun State Government to urgently rehabilitate the Olowobida-Ogberin and Agip-Ahmadiyah roads.
Making a case for special attention to be given to these roads on Saturday, Abdulazeez Mufutaudeen Idowu, the National President of the association stated that the call became necessary as a means of notifying the concerned authorities and calling their attention to the sorry state of most of the intra-city road networks in Ede town.
Idowu added that the association which is the umbrella body of all Ede youths had received several letters and calls appealing for the body to take up the campaign for the rehabilitation of these roads.
He lamented that the condition of the two roads out of all the others was the worst as it has become extremely dangerous driving on them.
According to him, “Due to the strategic location of these roads, they deserve urgent attention from the state government. The Olowobida-Ogberin road leads to the permanent site (South Campus) of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Adeleke University and Ilori College of Education, while the Agip-Ahmadiyah road is the fastest link to the Osun State Secretariat at Abere.
Some residents of Olowobida-Ogberin have also lamented how their lives have become hard due to what they are experiencing every day as a result of the present condition of the road.
The condition of the Agip-Ahmadiyah road it was observed has made many residents of the area to relocate due to the difficulty in accessing the area.
Residents complain of the nightmarish condition that they have to endure and also that the situation has affected the economy and social activities of the community.
Ilyas Taiwo disclosed that commercial motorcycle operators have been avoiding conveying passengers to that area and those that are willing to go would charge exorbitant transport fares.
Omobolanle Adekola, a student of the Federal Polytechnic, Ede while recounting her own ordeal stated that she and other students are mostly compelled to trek for long distances before they could get commercial motorcyclists to the campus.
Meanwhile, the FEYDA president maintained that he and his team will continue to lobby the Osun State and Ede South local governments for a quick solution to the problem.
Youth group raises alarm over state of roads in Osun