Residents of the four Local Governments in Akoko in the Ondo North Senatorial district of Ondo State, have raised the alarm over the deplorable state of Federal Government roads linking communities in the area.
The Residents said the deplorable condition of the roads in the four Local Governments including Akoko Southeast, Akoko Southwest, Akoko Northeast and Akoko Northwest have made violent crimes to fester along Owo-Ikare road. A community leader and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lasisi Ogunmola-Muhammed, who echoed the frustration of the people of the Senatorial district, said government should ameliorate the plight of the people of the four Local Governments.
Mohammed lamented what he called the marginalization of the four Akoko Local Governments areas of the state in the scheme of things in the country. According to him, since the creation of old Ondo State in 1976, only Ekiti was higher than Akoko in terms of population and landmass. He said after the creation of Ekiti State, Akoko is the largest ethnic group in the state, yet remained marginalized.
Mohammed, who launched Progressive Element in Arigidi-Akoko in Akoko Northwest Local Government, said the group was aimed at rescuing Akoko people in Ondo State from underdevelopment and marginalization. He said the initiative was to galvanize people at the grassroots to take active participation for the emergence of credible people in 2019 general election. The APC Chieftain, who lamented total neglect of infrastructure in Akokoland, especially deplorable state of roads in the area, said he joined the House of Representatives race for Akoko Northeast and Northwest federal constituency in order to give the people quality representation.
Muhammed said he had built a modern library for schools at Arigidi-Akoko some years ago and always felt sad to see the people of Akoko, who were the largest sub-ethnic group in the state suffering marginalization and lacking basic social amenities.
The APC chieftain urged party members and electorate in Akoko to entrust their votes with people with good track records during the 2019 polls as a way of taking themselves out of perpetual poverty and underdevelopment.
Similarly, a People’s Democratic Party (PDP) House of Assembly Aspirant for Akoko northwest Constituency-2, Mr Oyebode Awe, lamented that the present administration of the APC both at the state and federal levels had further subjected the masses to avoidable suffering and poverty.
The Coordinator of the Labour Party in Akoko Northwest Local Government area, Alhaji Razaq Apalowo, noted that the Oluwarotimi Akeredolu’s administration had failed to improve infrastructure in the state but had rather allowed legacy projects of the Olusegun Mimiko’s regime such as Mother and Child hospitals and Mega Schools to rot away.
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