Ondo Residents Decry State Of Roads As Accident Claims 20
Accusing fingers have continued to point in different directions over the fatal road accident that claimed not less than 20 lives in Akoko, the Northern senatorial district of Ondo state on Tuesday.
While the state government was busy celebrating the Nigeria democracy in Akure, a section of the state was wriggling in tragedy which perhaps could have been avoided, provided there was a people-centered government in office.
The accident which occurred on Epinmi-Isua Akoko Road in the Akoko South-East Local Government Area of the State, was said to have involved a 14-passenger bus and a Range Rover Sport.
Reacting to the incident, some residents in the area said the spate of motor accidents are caused by bad roads which have virtually been abandoned by the government.
According to Tola Adelegan, an indigene of Isua Akoko, it is an understatement to say the road is a death trap.
"The road has always been the fastest route to the North but unfortunately, it is a death trap to travelers.
"If you know how many people that have ended their lives on that road, you would be marveled. I keep wondering why the road is totally abandoned by our government." He lamented.
(Picture: Joseph Isijola)
Joseph Isijola, a resident of Ikare Akok also berated the government for neglecting the road.
"Every time, we keep hearing and witnessing series of accident on the road, but nothing has been done by the government to put the road in good shape.
"Hardly can any driver drive for a minute without having to slow down and negotiate a deep pot hole on that road. It is as bad as that. Some drivers while trying to navigate potholes will veer to other lane and in that process, collision will set in with an oncoming vehicle." He said.
Likewise, a commercial driver who plies the road from Akure to Abuja attested to the painful experience they always have on the road.
"That road is the most dreadful roads for us. Hardly will there be a week without an accident on it. It is because this one involved a large number of people. Several other people are losing their lives daily and nobody will hear about it.
"The best thing is for government to fix the road once and for all." He said.
(Picture: Tola Adelegan)
According to an eye witness, one of the vehicles was allegedly trying to overtake another vehicle on the road which led to the collision.
It was gathered that drivers of the two vehicles managed to escape with severe injuries while about 20 passengers were burnt beyond recognition.
The Police Public Relations Officer of the state police command, Femi Joseph, confirmed the incident, saying the accident occurred as a result of reckless driving on the part of the drivers of the vehicles involved.
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