Oyo blasts driver, vows action after truck damages newly fixed road

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

This was made known in a statement on Sunday by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Maintenance Agency, Busoye Ogunlade in Ibadan, the state capital.

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

Ogunlade said he was aware of the incident where a truck carrying over 60 tonnes of cement destroyed the portion after the driver lost control of the truck.

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

The chairman said, “The agency received 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.

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“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.

“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.”

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

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Ogunlade explained that a technical team was immediately deployed to inspect, evaluate and reinstate the damaged parts of the road, while the building where the truck offloaded the cement had been sealed.

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

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