Thousands of motorists, commuters and traders were left stranded on Saturday at a bad portion of Akure-Ondo road which has been cut off following heavy rain at Owena axis of the road in Ondo state.
The development led to serious traffic jam as many motorists were forced to turn back while others coming from Akure also turned back and traveled as far as Akure-Ilesa road to find alternative route before getting to Ondo town.
Those who spoke with Roving Reporters Online blamed the Federal Roads Maintenance Agency, FERMA, for failing to live up to expectations.
They said the road would not have been that bad if the FERMA had fixed the road when it began to fail.
A Chieftain of the APC from Ondo South, Hon Kunle Odidi appealed to Governor Rotimi Akeredolu to intervene.
Odidi said, “Ondo State Govt pls help us temporarily fix Akure to Ondo road at Owena area of the road, Yes I know its a FG road but the pains people are going through on the road is unbearable now.
“I have to drove from Ondo through ileoluji to Ilesha expressway before I can connect Akure yesterday, making a journey of 30mins almost 2hrs since the normal route has been rendered impassable.
“Pls come to the aid of our people the way you have always been doing on that failed portion of the road in Owena axis.
“Also the failed portion of Ondo- Ife rd at Valentino axis of the town is becoming a nightmare to motorist, help us fix this portion also, I gave credit to ODSG for their previous interventions on these aforementioned roads in the past, we need your intervention now!!!” said Segun Odidi.
Another motorist and lecturer from Ondo City, Dr Adetokunbo Adepoju lamented that “the pains are excruciating and if urgent measures are not taken, the hardships will continue to compound the delicate transportation problems faced by the downtrodden.”