Ilesa Accident: Adeleke orders, approves expansion of road, creation of trailer park


Osun State Governor, Ademola Adeleke has directed the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure in his state to rehabilitate and widen the Ibodi-Ilesa road at Ilesa to forestall incessant accidents that have claimed lives in recent times.

Governor Adeleke also directed the Commissioner for Transportation to consider the creation of a trailer park in the area to stop multiple parking of trailers that have endangered the lives of road users alongside the area.

Saga Gist recalls that early in April, a staff of the University of Ilesa was killed in the Ilesa-Ibodi road when a 40-foot container fell and landed on her car.

The victim who died due to the inability of first responders to rescue her was on her way home from work.

In a statement issued by the governor’s spokesperson, Olawale Rasheed on Friday, Adeleke issued the above directives while receiving the report of a State Government Committee set up after the accident which claimed the life of a female staff of the University of Ilesa.

While condoling the family of the victim, Governor Adeleke endorsed the compensation package already agreed between the owner of the truck and the family of the deceased even as he regretted that no amount of monetary compensation can replace the loss of a precious life.

While approving the creation of regulations to govern trucking activities along the said road, he warned companies operating in the state to be mindful of the question of the safety and security of their host communities.

“We are putting stiff regulations in place to prevent the recurrence of such sad incidents in the future. The Ministry of Works will work on expanding the road and the Ministry of Transportation will develop a trailer park.

“Parking of trailers on that narrow road is hereby prohibited. Speed limit should also be enforced with immediate effect.”

Submitting his report earlier, the Committee Chairman who is also the Commissioner for Transportation, Sesan Oyedele explained the outcome of the visitation of the Committee members to the families of the deceased, the affected company and the management of the University of Ilesa.

“We commiserated with the family and negotiated with the grieving family. We concluded a settlement under very difficult conditions. We conveyed Your Excellency’s heartfelt sympathy to the affected family,” the Commissioner revealed.

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