FEDERAL POLYTECHNIC WORKERS SHUT ADO IJAN ROAD OVER GOVT’S FAILURE TO REPAIR UREJE BRIDGE
Commercial activities along the popular Ado Ijan road was today paralyzed following a protest by workers and students of the Federal Ado Ekiti over the failure of the state and federal government to attend to the poor state of the Ureje bridge.
The protest which lasted for many hours left thousands of commuters, workers traders and motorists stranded as the protesters barricaded the bridge with vehicle and other heavy objects from where Kayode Babtuyi files in this report.
The ureje bridge which connects Ado and other communities along the Federal Polytechnic road was constructed over seventy years ago without a facelift since them by government.
The rickety bridge caved in thrice last year during the rainy season leading to heavy flood which ravaged the entire community and killed several persons.
Though the governor of Ekiti State, and several other political office holders visited the bridge but nothing was done.
Speaking with newsmen during the protest the union leaders explained that they were not ready to face what they experienced last year on the route.
According to them, on many occasions they were unable to get to their destinations after the bridge was submerged by flood adding that on daily basis they spend hours trying to pass through the area due to long traffic jam caused by the poor state of the road.
First to speak were the chairman of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Polytechnics, Federal Polytechnic Ado Ekiti chapter, Dr Oluwole Ayeni and his NASU counterpart Mr Adebayo Abubakar who expressed concern over the failure of government to attend to the damaged bridge through out the dry season.
They said the poor state of the bridge had subjected them and other citizens to untold hardship noting that the failure to reconstruct the it despite the outcry last year had further shown the high level of insensitivity of the present adminstration both at the state and at the national level to the plight of people.
Also the chairman, Academic Staff Union of Polytechnic Fedpoly chapter, Dr Bisi Olaseinde and the general secretary, Dr Philip Amira, said the situation was a total neglect of the people who work day and night to pay tax and ensure the sustainability of government programmes and policies .
They noted that many souls have been lost to precarious situation of the bridge calling on government to reconstruct it immediately saying failure to do so, the union leaders would continue to demonstrate and barricade the road.
When interviewed some of the motorists who were stranded in the long queue threw their weight behind the action of the workers saying government does not need to wait for more lives to be lost before it would do the needful.