By Richard Akintade, Osogbo
Honorable Bamidele Salam representing Ede North, Ede South, Egbedore, Ejigbo Federal Constituency, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari and the Hon Minister of Works, Babatunde Raji Fasola, for their speedy consideration and approval of emergency repairs of Akoda-Ededimeji-Oke Gada-Ofatedo Road.
Salam gave the commendation in a statement made available to our correspondent on Monday in which he appreciated the Federal government for the responsive gesture following his motion to that effect on the floor of the House of Representatives on 20th November, 2019.
The lawmaker had, during the motion, demanding urgent action by federal government and especially federal ministry of works, highlighted the economic importance of the road network to the people of Ede and other strategic communities in the federal constituency.
According to Salam, the call for repair of the deplorable road became imperative as it was a strategic road connecting several towns and villages in the Federal Constituency.
Besides, he said it provided seamless access to important institutions such the Federal Polytechnic, Ede, Ilori College of Education, Ede; Redeemers University, Ede, yNYSC Permanent Orientation Camp, Ede; Adeleke University, Ede; Engineering Construction Regiment(ECR) Army Barack, Ede; the popular Oje Market, Ede and Ede Water Works that provides over 70% water needs of the people of Osun State.
While appreciating the federal government for heeding his pleas and the immediate commencement of emergency repairs on the road, Salam, however, appealed to the federal government to consider complete reconstruction and dualization of the road owing to its economic importance to benefitting communities in the Federal Constituency.
His words: “I want to place on record my appreciation to President Muhammadu Buhari and Minister of Work and Housing, Babatunde Fashola for swinging into action on the all-important road within a short time it was brought to their attention.
“It is equally important to enjoin the government to include the road in the 2021 appropriation to make for its reconstruction and dualization so as to accommodate the high traffic volume usually recorded on it.
“This is my passionate appeal and this will go a long way in alleviating the plight of the people using the road.”
According to the Lawmaker who is also a member of the House Committee on Works, “this will not only ensure free flow of traffic on the road but also add other far reaching economic values to the state as difficulties often encountered in the movement of goods and other services in the area would be permanently solved.”