Rainfall: Osun residents want state govt to rehabilitate community road

With the continual rainfall that has hit Osogbo, the Osun State capital, residents of Baruwa Street, Ogo-Oluwa have expressed concern regarding the poor state of the road linking the community to the Gbongan-Ibadan road and the negative effect of the rainfall on it.

Speaking with DAILY POST on the situation on Friday, a community leader, Adeniran Abdulsalam regretted that despite all efforts made to get the situation to turn around by the community, it had not yielded any efforts.

He disclosed that the community had early in the year obtained a promise from the Osun State Ministry of Works that by September, rehabilitation work would commence on the vital road but after September, no work had started on the road yet.

He lamented that the Baruwa road had become a constant source of worry for residents as many have experienced vehicle mishaps on the stretch of road.

He explained that the rainfall has not helped matters as the road has gone from bad to worse as a result of the rainfall.

He revealed that the rainfall has not helped the issue as all palliatives by the community have been able to withstand the level of rainfall and the volume of water.

“Our main problem on this road is how to control the mud and potholes. Water stored in them and vehicle owners not knowing would just drive into it.

“I was coming from town the other day when I noticed a vehicle parked at a corner of the road early in the morning.
Its front eight wheel has detached. From experience, I decided this must be a result of the bad Baruwa road.”

Adedoyin Eludoyin, another community leader who bared her mind stated that the community at a time came together and decided to be taking care of the road.

She revealed that after the decision was made, youths of the area came together and started patching the portion of the road with potholes.

She also revealed that a prominent business owner in the area employed workers to help in clearing the drains in the area which made water flow smoothly.

She appealed to the state government to fulfil its promise and rehabilitate the road.

According to her, “We know the state government can do it. They have done others that are longer than ours. Maybe, they have projects that have taken most of the resources allocated to roads but we implore them to remember Baruwa community.”

Another community leader, Gabriel Faranti who revealed that the Baruwa road linked about three communities which include, Baruwa Estate, Idowu Ajibola Estate and various Riverside communities also appealed to the state government to help in rehabilitating the road.

He explained that the road had become a lifeline due to the large population of residents and the strategic location of the area.

In his words, “Nobody who gets accommodation here wants to leave except when moving to their permanent place.

“The community is so strategically located on the Gbongan-Ibadan road that you can get to any part of Southern Nigeria just by accessing the Gbongan-Ibadan road.

“We implore the government to act fast. The rains have been much this year and it has threatened our roads seriously.

“In some portions gully have been cut. We could not salvage it but areas where we could salvage, we acted fast.

“We have obtained the promise of the state government. Now, we want it done.

“You have to visit this place in the morning to see the misery of our people. Those who have cars and pedestrians. You will pity most, especially the students.

“Government should help us fast. We know the rainy season is receding and the dry season will soon start. It is also worse then because of the dust and sand as the mud dries up but we will appreciate government efforts towards alleviating our pain.”

A visit to the road by this reporter on Friday shows that the rainfall has negatively affected the road as pedestrians find it difficult to access the road due to the mud and puddles dotting it.

In a chat with DAILY POST, the Osun Commissioner for Works, Oluremi Omowaiye, revealed that the state government is very committed to fixing the Baruwa Road and others in the state.

Omowaiye also assured that work on the road would start soon adding that the state government did not actually give a definite time frame for the rehabilitation to commence.

Recall that the Nigerian Meteorological Agency (NiMET) had forecast that towards the latter part of 2021, the volume of rainfall in the southern part of Nigeria would increase.

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