The Oyo State Government has given the people that have turned the slip roads of the newly constructed General Gas-Akobo Bridge into business premises 24 hours ultimatum to move away from the areas or face the wrath of the law.
The ultimatum was given by the Commissioner, Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Prof. Dahud Kehinde Sangodoyin.
The Commissioner issued the warning on Wednesday evening while answering questions from the newsmen shortly after an inspection to the area.
The ultimatum will lapse on Thursday (today).
The Commissioner explained that the bridge is an important bridge that connected three Local Government areas like Ibadan North, Lagelu and Akinyele Local Government and that the State Government wanted to improve the ease of movement, increase the ease of doing business and improve the security along the axis, adding that the road would also contribute to the opportunities in the area of expansion of the State’s economy.
Sangodoyin said: “The inspection conducted today was to be able to see that the slip road around the bridge is not converted to unauthorised business centres, to safeguard the aesthetics of the bridge and to curtail what can be turned to insecurity in that axis.
“We found out that the motor mechanics and local hawkers are now doing their businesses close to where we have stone pitching by the other side on the way from Akobo to the express, we have warned them before but some of them still refused to heed our warning, so, we have to physically get there, and we have given them 24 hours to clear off whatever they are doing there because they are not authorised.
“It is not meant for open business or neighbourhood market.
“It is just aesthetic for the road, to protect the road itself and also to guide against insecurity around the axis,
“So, we have read them a ‘Riot Act’ to say before the end of tomorrow (Thursday), they must have left the place and I have called the contractor to remove the slab constructed to have access to the area.
“Then we are going to construct wire mesh which will allow everyone to see through, we can then plant flowers there so that people that come to Ibadan will know that we are sensitive to the environment, I have also called the head of the Park Management System of the area to regulate the activities of the motorists along that axis.”