By: Ogwu Glory and Jumoke Adunmbi
The Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) in Ota has on Monday, protested against ‘bad and impassable roads in Ado-Odo Ota local government area of Ogun state’, issuing a 14-day ultimatum to government to address the issue.
The branch chairman, Mr Isaac Ogbah made this declaration during a protest on Thursday, in order to call government’s attention to the bad condition of the roads.
While speaking with VOA News correspondent, one of the lawyers, Barr. Earnest Akilome said, ‘the condition of the road is affecting our job, people’s businesses, and also the students. We no longer get to our work on time, transportation cost is highly expensive plus accident occurring unexpectedly’.
He further said that people are dying as a result of the condition of rods that has grown from bad to worst. “We are suffering from the hands of the government, we want them to account for what they’ve been doing with our money since they could not repair the bad roads in Ota.”
He said, ‘the federal and state government have neglected Ota. Even though Ota has been an industrial hub with over 6,000 industries in which government generate the largest tax percentage, nothing have been done to improve its bad roads to better. Even these industries can’t produce anymore because they can’t transport anything, and its really affecting our standard of living, movement, finances and time’.
He stressed that their decision to stage a protest was reached when they met on Friday to weigh options over how their concerns can quickly get to the ears of government. “We had a meeting on Friday, that was where we resolved to take this action because we can’t even get to courtrooms on time anymore. So many lives have been lost on these roads, the residents, everyone are suffering.” He lamented.
Residents and motorists also lamented the poor state of roads. “Our children find it difficult to go to school, our roads are bad, pot holes are everywhere, our cars break down on daily basis, our businesses are no more booming, we are hungry.” One of the residents lamented.
The learned colleagues in Ota said they would move to the next phase of engagement after the expiration of the 14-day ultimatum if the federal government refuses to take actions on their agitation.