The Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ Ondo State Chapter has frowned at the continuous negligence of the Akure/Ado-Ekiti highway by the Federal Government.
The journalist body decried the attitude of both the Federal Government as well as Ekiti and Ondo state governments towards the rehabilitation of the road, which links Ekiti and Ondo State. The NUJ stated that residents have been facing agony on the route.
The state council of the NUJ made this known during the congress of the union which was led by the Chairman, Leke Adegbite, at the union’s secretariat, Akure, the state capital.
Due to the deterioration of the highway, travellers now drive through longer routes of over two hours as against the 30 minutes drive on the Akure-Ado Ekiti highway.
In a communique issued after the congress, the union appealed to the Federal Government to ensure that the contractor moves back to the site.
The communique was signed by Folashade Oladeinde as Chairman, and Kayode Olorundare, Secretary, and it reads thus: “the Congress expresses concern over the terrible condition of Akure-Ado Ekiti Highway, calls on the Minister of Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola to mobilise contractors back to the site.
“The Union also appeals to Governors Kayode Fayemi and Oluwarotimi Akeredolu as well as the Minister of State for Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Tayo Alasoadura and the National Assembly Members from Ondo and Ekiti States to mount pressure on the FG to fix the road in the interest of the people who suffer on the road daily.”
Moreso, the union also expressed unhappiness over the alleged abandonment of governance across the board as a result of political activities ahead of the 2023 general elections.
In addition, the council breathed for resolution to be taken as regards the prolonged ASUU strike to prevent University students from engaging in social vices that can destroy their future.
While vowing to take stringent measures against quackery in the media profession and fake journalists in the state, the union condemned the recent fake news over the death rumour of Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu.