Oyo Assembly seeks establishment of road emergency rescue points 

By  Olubunmi Osoteku, Ibadan

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Oyo State House of Assembly.

The Oyo State House of Assembly has called on both the Nigerian and State government to, as a matter of urgency, create emergency rescue points to provide succour to victims of road accidents on the Oyo-Ogbomoso road.

The call was made as a result of the regular and recurring cases of accidents on the road, which lead to series of casualties. Consequently, a motion “on the need for the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA) to fix the Oyo-Ogbomoso road”, was brought to plenary by Sanjo Adedoyin and Bimbo Oladeji.

According to the lawmakers, the emergency point will ”go a long way in helping to reduce fatalities from accidents that usually occur on the road, as a result of lack of first aid treatment from trained medical personnel and equipped rescue efforts.”

The Assembly therefore urged the State government to urgently liaise with the Federal Road Maintenance Agency (FERMA), the Oyo State Road Traffic Maintenance Agency (OYRTMA) and the Federal Road Safety Corps, to fast-track modalities towards setting up the emergency rescue point.

The lawmakers lamented the inability of the Nigeria government to complete the road, despite its repeated inclusion in the Budget since 20 years ago.

Calling on the Nigerian government to expedite rehabilitation works on the road, the Assembly particularly urged the FERMA to, in the meantime, urgently fill potholes and rehabilitate dangerous spots on the road.

Adedoyin emphasised that the countless lives that have been lost to accidents on the road which is the only link to Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, makes the completion of the dualised route inevitable.

He said; “It is saddening how people frequently lost their lives and properties untimely to the 51 kilometer Oyo-Ogbomoso road which the dualization of its expressway has been commissioned by the former President Olusegun Obasanjo since 1999 and the situation still remains the same twenty years after.”

Adedoyin noted that the journey from Oyo to Ogbomoso which is supposed to take an hour now takes several hours or even days, no thanks to the terrible state of the road, complimented by frequent accidents caused by trailers and/or long vehicles on the road.

He added; “the road has also inflicted deformity injuries on people and impoverished traders and farmers who lost their goods or harvest in transit.”

In separate contributions, other lawmakers also decried the losses suffered by traders and farmers while plying the road.

Ruling in favour of the prayers of the motion, Speaker of the Assembly, Adebo Ogundoyin urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to improve upon its response time to accident scenes, to fast-track rescue of victims.

Ogundoyin said; “We want FERMA and other stakeholders to do everything possible to mobilise contractor(s) and give all necessary support to complete the 20 year old dualized expressway. On the other hand, we want the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to also be up to its tasks in creating caution signals at every accident scenes and timely rescue of victims.”

 

Mercy Chukwudiebere