How 15 quarries contribute to deterioration of Abeokuta -Sagamu road-Gov Aide


…..attributes deterioration of the road to heavy trucks
…to meet stakeholders for support

The Ogun State government has attributed the continuos deterioration of the Abeokuta-Sagamu road to activities of heavy duty trucks servicing the fifteen quarries along the busy road.
As a result ,the
government revealed plans to collaborate with truck owners and other stakeholders on the road.

Special Adviser to the Governor on Works,Engineer Ade Akinsanya ,in a statement,attributed the continuous deterioration of the road due to the pressure daily put on it by the obvious increase in the number of heavy-duty trucks servicing a large number of quarries and housing estates in the area.
Engr. Akinsanya said it will continue to seek ways to continue maintaining the road despite the huge financial implications to the state government.

According to the statement, there are currently about 30 quarries in Abeokuta, the state capital while not less than another 15 quarries operate along the Abeokuta Sagamu road.

“The weight of the trucks bearing the granites, with some of them often overloaded, continue to cause immense damages to the road leading to the need to regularly rehabilitate the road at huge costs,” the Special Adviser said.

Akinsanya also added that further pressure is exerted on the road by trucks and other heavy-duty machinery deployed by estate developers in the area.

“We all can attest to the growing number of housing estates and other companies on that axis of the state.

“The influx of trucks and other vehicles bearing granites, cements, stone base, laterites and other materials exerts a lot of pressure on the road and causes a lot of damages leaving the state government with no choice but to constantly maintain the road.

“Every day, you also hear of accidents that leave street lights damaged by overspending drivers. This, coupled with the incessant vandalisation of street lights and other infrastructure on the road by hoodlums, makes constant rehabilitation of the road a must.

“This is why, among other things, the government meet with the truck owners, quarry operators and other stakeholders to discuss ways of collaboration on the regular maintenance of the road to ensure that road users can comfortably ply the road,” the statement said.

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