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Rail Project: Alagada Community Protests Govt Neglect, Destruction Of Roads By FG's Contractors

Baale Alagada community, Chief Amos Akanbi Odejobi
Michael-Azeez Ogunsiji 
ABEOKUTA - Residents of Meegi/Alagada community, in Obafemi/Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State, have protested against the alleged destruction of their road by railway construction company handling the railway project in the state. 

The community said the only road linking them to the outside world was destroyed by the Chinese company handling the federal government railway project in Abeokuta for the more than 20,000 residents, who were usually held static whenever it rains. 

The protesters majorly youths with various placard inscriptions such as, "Railway line contractors destroyed our roads completely, All railway drainages had been channeled to destroy our road, this road is our source of livelihood. Over 50 communities depends on it, Please save us from imminent hunger and death, no road to access our schools, let PMB/Amaechi call the contractors to order" pleaded with Ogun State Government to liase with Federal government to construct their road. 

Speaking with journalists on Saturday, the Baale of Alagada community, Chief Amos Akanbi Odejobi claimed that, the road constructed in 1999 by Chief Olusegun Osoba administration in the state was passable until the railway contractors came to destroyed it.

Chief Odejobi said the contractors had pledged to reconstruct the road as soon as the railway line is completed, saying the contractors reneged on their agreement.
The drainage channeled to community road
He added that, when the community delegation later met the with the construction company, they claimed their duty was only to construct railway line in the community and not to reconstruct road. 

His words, "the access road to this community was in good condition. Most of the people who have moved to come and live here saw this community as a place where they can live in. Over time, we've been enjoying the environment.

"But when the train contractors came, we were informed that, by the time they were trying to construct the overhead bridge for the train in between our Village and the town, we complained that, this bridge they're constructing is already getting to the water level, that how do we continue to maintain our road assess to the town. 

"And they gave us a promise that they're to maintain the standard of the road even better than what they met as at the time they arrived and we accepted and supported them whenever they called on us. But in the process we discovered that, all they wanted to do was to construct the bridge for the train, but for the villagers that live here, we have no other access road to the town. This is the only road linking the Nigerian Prison in Oba and Moshood Abiola Polytechnic, but when it rains, everywhere will be stand still. Nobody can go out because of the heavy flow of water. 

The protesting youths
"We met them and consulted them in several capacity because we don't want to fight them, but told us they were only paid to construct the railway line. Now we cannot help it, the situation has gone to a stage that our children cannot go to school, market women cannot go to market, even the prisoners going to court can be exposed to danger and we don't want a situation that our village will be tagged in a wrong way.

"The only thing we are asking from federal and Ogun State governments is to fix our road. This is the only way that link us to the town."

He therefore called on Governor Dapo Abiodun to come to their aid as the neglect to fix the dilapidated road has continued to deny them livelihood as well as business when it rains.
Vehicles stucked in the middle of the road
Reacting on behalf of the state government, the Chief Press Secretary to Ogun State Governor, Mr. Kunle Somorin said the state government was not aware of the development.

Somorin therefore urged the community to send representatives to the state government to further brief them of the situation for government's intervention. 

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