Ekiti Most Neglected State In Nigeria – Afe Babalola

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Chief Afe Babalola, the Founder Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti has said Ekiti has been grossly neglected by the federal government in the area of infrastructure critical to socio-economic development.

Babalola said the decrepit state of infrastructure has impacted negatively on the the socio-economic landscape of the state, saying the nagging problem have made the state to be allergic to investment.

The legal luminary said the event leading to the collapse of the bridge linking Ado Ekiti capital city with his university and Federal Polytechnic was a testimony that the state has been grossly overwhelmed with infrastructure deficits.

Afe Babalola, who described Ekiti as the most neglected state in the country, expressed serious concerns over the collapse of the bridge after a torrential downpour in which claimed one live. The bridge on Ureje bridge along Ado-ABUAD-Ikare road was on Monday flooded by water and collapsed.

A man who wanted to navigate the water got drowned and died in the process. Several commuters coming in and out of Ado Ekiti capital city were stranded for several hours between 7pm on Monday till 12 noon on Tuesday after the bridge had collapsed.

Speaking with journalists in Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday, Babalola attributed the collapse to the negligence of the government, saying his several efforts to made the federal and state governments to rebuild the bridge on Ureje river were to no avail.

He said: “for the past nine years, I have been maintaining that road but this year after series of letters , Federal Road Maintenance Agency(FERMA) wrote to me informing that they have awarded the road to a contractor and I have been following the contractor day and night.

“What I know which is true is that the contractor had done more damage to the road than helping us.I wrote about the bridge to all those concerned ; federal ministry of works and copy the President.

I also wrote letters to Governor Kayode Fayemi because I knew that road was neglected by the contractor and the federal government.

” Indeed, Ekiti state is the most neglected state in this country. Look at the road between Ilesha and Ado-Ekiti, it was made over 20 years ago. This road from Ado-Ekiti to Ijan to Ode to Ikare to Lokoja was build before i was born over 100 years ago.

” Indeed, Ekiti state is the most neglected state in this country. Look at the road between Ilesha and Ado-Ekiti, it was made over 20 years ago. This road from Ado-Ekiti to Ijan to Ode to Ikare to Lokoja was build before i was born over 100 years ago.

“That bridge which you saw was also build over 100 years ago , that narrow bridge. When I was in school, we used to trek from that place to Ogbese river in order to cut what we called prank cane to make chairs and wooden ceilings along that route. “Nothing has been done to improve the bridge.

I have been writing , phoning , sending text messages about that bridge will collapse anytime. I warn all of them , including the governor that it will collapse that something should be done . “When it happened two days ago, I sent text messages to Fayemi that what I told you should not happen has happened. I also got in touch with Minister of Works, who eventually phoned me that they were going to do something about the bridge. ”

I sent messages to monarchs and others. In the afternoon , I got a text from Fayemi that some people will come the following day to work on it. Fashola told me they are moving there immediately.I went to the bridge and i saw them working there. “My team of engineer has been there early in the morning. No heavy truck or vehicle should pass that place otherwise it will go down.

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