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Oyo Agency Condemns Vandalism of Newly Rehabilitated Road

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The Oyo State Government has condemned the destruction of a portion on the newly rehabilitated Olusoji-WCCI road, a few days after it was officially opened for public use.

A viral video of the destroyed portion of the road had surfaced earlier on Friday.

In a statement in Ibadan, the Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, ‘Busoye Ogunlade, said he was aware of the incident, where a truck carrying over 60 tonnes of cement destroyed the portion, after it lost its brake.

Ogunlade, who expressed disappointment at how the truck driver took to his heels after the destruction, described it as a cowardly act.

“The Agency is in receipt of a report on vandalism on the newly rehabilitated road, particularly the unfortunate incident of destruction of a part of the Olusoji-WCCI road by a truck driver, who is at large as we speak.”

The Agency condemns in the strongest terms this ruthless destruction of the first phase of Olusoji-WCCI road, as a deliberate act of sabotage on a key link road that has immense socio-economic benefits to the state and indeed the entire nation.

Ogunlade said that the road that was completed last week is one of the state’s projects intended to bridge the gap in the road infrastructure yearnings of the people of the area.

Mr. Ogunlade appreciated the residents of the area for their concern, assuring them that the destroyed portion of the road had been fixed almost immediately.

He explained that a technical team was immediately deployed to inspect, evaluate, and reinstate the damaged parts of the road.

Ogunlade said the building, where the truck offloaded the cements, has been sealed.

The Chairman added that henceforth, the Agency will ensure that perpetrators of such acts face the full wrath of the law.

In another development, the Commissioner for Environment and Natural Resource, Architect Abdulmojeed Mogbonjubola has condemned the erection of illegal structures springing up in unauthorized places in Lagelu and Egbeda Local Government Council Areas.

The Commissioner, has consequently directed staffers of the Ministry to immediately issue evacuation notices to erring owners along Carlton Gate Estate, Chief Kolapo Isola Estate through Akobo Ojurin, Iyana Church, in Ibadan.

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