Fury of the excavator: Ex-Gov Akala’s residence, others’ affected by Ogbomoso-Iseyin road construction

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Fury of the excavator: Ex-Gov Akala’s residence, others’ affected by Ogbomoso-Iseyin road construction


Every developmental effort comes at a great price. Aside human and material resources expended many people also suffer the accompanying consequences initially. But in the end the majority shouts eureka when the intended end is attained.

Frontage of the late governor’s residence affected by the road construction

The ongoing construction of Ogbomoso-Iseyin road by the Engr Seyi Makinde-led administration in Oyo state has become another proof of this.

The 76.6km road, awarded to two different contractors at inception has been progressing steadily with long stretches already paved with asphalt and bridges over rivers along the route under construction. There is no doubt work is progressing at an admirable rate.

Last week, the construction machines rode into Ogbomoso via Yaku – Aale Okelerin Shopping Complex – Blindcentre – Randa road, to demolish structures by the side of the road to expand its width.

Many casualties in terms of demolished structures were claimed including shops, fences, parking lots, gates, guards’ sentries and so on.

The Opadoyin Akala Lodge of the former late governor of Oyo state, Chief Christopher Adebayo Alao-Akala, was not spared, as the concreted parking lot adjoining the front gate and the fence of the expansive estate were rooted out. The fence and the two gates escaped the roaring excavators by the whiskers.

It was all due to the foresight of the former Ogbomoso North local government chairman, who transited on January 12 this year, he adhered strictly to the rule of setback, and that was why his fence and gates were spared.

Those who encroached with erections of fences, shops and so on have unpalatable experiences to share.

When ogbomosoinsightonline.com visited the construction sites Saturday, many house and shop owners were seen reconstructing their fences.

A popular microfinance bank along the route was seen putting finishing touches to the reconstruction of its demolished fence.

At Adeniran Memorial Grammar School, whose fence line also was affected, trees were being sawn.

Many are still counting their losses and mapping out how to salvage the situation.





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